B – Impact factor distortions

Alberts B. Impact factor distortions. Science 2013;340(6134):787
(doi: 10.1126/science.1240319)

This Editorial presents a statement on the misuse and overuse of the impact factor, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). It aims to stop the use of the journal impact factor in judging an individual scientist’s work, and provides a list of specific actions to be taken by funding agencies, institutions, publishers, researchers, and the organizations that supply metrics.