Journal- or article-based citation measure? A study of academic promotion at a Swiss university

« In academia, decisions on promotions are influenced by the citation impact of the works published by the candidates. The Medical Faculty of the University of Bern used a measure based on the journal impact factor (JIF) for this purpose: the JIF of the papers submitted for promotion should rank in the upper third of journals in the relevant discipline (JIF rank >0.66). The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) aims to eliminate the use of journal-based metrics in academic promotion. We examined whether the JIF rank could be replaced with the relative citation ratio (RCR), an article-level measure of citation impact developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). An RCR percentile >0.66 corresponds to the upper third of citation impact of articles from NIH-sponsored research. (…) »

Source > f1000research.com, Steck N, Stalder L and Egger M. Journal- or article-based citation measure? A study of academic promotion at a Swiss university [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. F1000Research 2020, 9:1188 (https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.26579.1)