B – Journal rankings

Brembs B. What ranking journals has in common with astrology. RT. A Journal on Research Policy & Evaluation 2013;1:1-6
(doi: 10.13130/2282-5398/3378)

According to the author, erroneous and fraudulent work is more common in high-ranking journals than anywhere else, and the methodology of research published is at least not superior, perhaps even inferior to work published elsewhere. Scientists use factors, such as the container within which an article is published, to judge the quality of an article. The existing scientific infrastructure should be reformed to develop an evidence-based reputation system. The solution could lie in a combination of the expert know-how residing in computing centres and libraries of institutions and academies.