“Rethinking impact factors” – new report published

In various parts of the science system, there is a desire to be able to assess the quality of scholarly journals. Although the journal impact factor is commonly used for this purpose, it is subject to criticism. For this reason, a working group comprising, among others, bibliometric and evaluation specialists, scientists, and publishers is seeking more comprehensive ways of assessing journal quality. The authors of the report argue that a measure of the quality of a journal should reflect how well it performs across all its functions – registering, curating, evaluating, disseminating, and archiving – and should not be based only on the number of citations, which is the case with the impact factor.