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New metric in the house! The Cuckoo-index as a measure of a scientist’s efficiency and assertiveness

We are happy to announce the open-contribution publication of a new research metric: The c-index Abstract: The Cuckoo-index (c-index) is a new index that attempts to measure both the effectivity and the savviness of a scientist. The index is based on the number of publications of the scientist as author on original research manuscripts without …

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The Impact Factor Fallacy – New publication at Frontiers in Psychology

Scientists receive grants, bonuses, and tenure depending on the perceived impact of the journals in which they publish their research. Using the journal impact factor (JIF) for such purposes results in reasoning and argumentation fallacies. In our new publication we describe several “impact factor fallacies” by applying ideas from reasoning and argumentation research. We argue …

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“The Impact Factor Fallacy” featured in The Scientist

Our opinion on the Impact Factor and the rationale for (not) using it for evaluating scientific excellence has been featured in “The Scientist” online. In our biorxiv preprint you cand find a more detailed explanation of our argument. “Papers published in low-impact journals are not necessarily low-quality scientific contributions.” [link to the article]

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