B – Quantifying effort in scientific publishing

Winker K. In scientific publishing at the article level, effort matters more than journal impact factors. Bioessays 2011;33(6):400-402
(doi: 10.1002/bies.201100020)

Effort involved in producing a particular paper is difficult to quantify. Neverthanless, it and the number of authors are positively correlated with citation count: working hard and work effectively with others are the most important factors affecting number of citations. According to the author, effort – and how to measure it – should be incorporated into future bibliometric studies. Journal impact factor seems to be rather overrated when applied at an individualistic level, although its social aspects are very important affecting such tangibles as getting a job, a promotion, or a proposal funded