Next-generation journal metrics: leaving the impact factor behind

« The journal impact factor has long dominated the assessment of scholarly publishing. Based on citation indexing, and conceived over four decades ago, the impact factor’s creators unlikely anticipated its widespread adoption and longevity, nor its purported misuse. Yet the winds seem set to change. In a recent article in Nature, Paul Wouters and his co-authors insist that scholarly publishing needs a “broader, more-transparent suite” of journal indicators, and explore what this might look like. (…) »