IEEE Statement on Correct Use of Bibliometrics. Ieee 6(3):1+.
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[excerpt] An increasing number of voices in the scientific community have recently expressed concerns on the inappropriate use of journal bibliometric indicators – mainly the well-known Impact Factor (IF). More specifically, they are being used as a proxy: (a) to judge the impact of a single paper published in a journal; (b) to evaluate the scientific impact of a scientist for hiring, tenure, promotion, salary increase and even project evaluations. As is well documented in the bibliometric literature, journal bibliometric indicators are simply not designed for these purposes. Such unintended uses can have a negative impact on the careers and lives of IEEE members and authors. Furthermore, the practical use of a single bibliometric indicator (the IF) for such inappropriate objectives has made it the target and not the measure, promoting unethical behavior among editorial board members of journals in several disciplines with the sole aim of manipulating the indicator. As the world's largest professional technical organization, the IEEE has committed itself to addressing this situation by: (1) taking actions to educate the community on the proper use of bibliometrics; (2) promoting the use of more than one journal bibliometric indicator to offer a more comprehensive evaluation of the journal impact: in addition to bibliometric "popularity" measures (such as IF), at least complementary "prestige" measures should also be used (such as the Eigenfactor™ or the Article Influence™); (3) establishing an IEEE ethical position on the appropriate use of bibliometrics.
@article{ieeeIEEEStatementCorrect2013,
  title = {{{IEEE}} Statement on Correct Use of Bibliometrics},
  author = {{Ieee}},
  date = {2013-10},
  journaltitle = {IEEE PSPB Quarterly Newsletter},
  volume = {6},
  pages = {1+},
  url = {http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/pubnews/vol6issue3/vol6_issue3_index.html},
  abstract = {[excerpt] An increasing number of voices in the scientific community have recently expressed concerns on the inappropriate use of journal bibliometric indicators -- mainly the well-known Impact Factor (IF). More specifically, they are being used as a proxy:

(a) to judge the impact of a single paper published in a journal; (b) to evaluate the scientific impact of a scientist for hiring, tenure, promotion, salary increase and even project evaluations.

As is well documented in the bibliometric literature, journal bibliometric indicators are simply not designed for these purposes. Such unintended uses can have a negative impact on the careers and lives of IEEE members and authors. Furthermore, the practical use of a single bibliometric indicator (the IF) for such inappropriate objectives has made it the target and not the measure, promoting unethical behavior among editorial board members of journals in several disciplines with the sole aim of manipulating the indicator.

As the world's largest professional technical organization, the IEEE has committed itself to addressing this situation by:

(1) taking actions to educate the community on the proper use of bibliometrics; (2) promoting the use of more than one journal bibliometric indicator to offer a more comprehensive evaluation of the journal impact: in addition to bibliometric "popularity" measures (such as IF), at least complementary "prestige" measures should also be used (such as the Eigenfactor™ or the Article Influence™); (3) establishing an IEEE ethical position on the appropriate use of bibliometrics.},
  keywords = {*imported-from-citeulike-INRMM,~INRMM-MiD:c-12741342,bibliometrics,citation-metrics,indicators,research-metrics,science-ethics},
  number = {3}
}
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