(Alleged) Misleading Metrics

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Misleading Metrics

This is a list of questionable companies that purport to provide valid scholarly metrics at the researcher, article, or journal level.

Last updated: November 3, 2016

Criteria for Determining Misleading Metrics

  1. The website for the metric is nontransparent and provides little information about itself such as location, management team and its experience, other company information, and the like
  2. The company charges journals for inclusion in the list.
  3. The values (scores) for most or all of the journals on the list increase each year.
  4. The company uses Google Scholar as its database for calculating metrics (Google Scholar does not screen for quality and indexes predatory journals)
  5. The metric uses the term “impact factor” in its name.
  6. The methodology for calculating the value is contrived, unscientific, or unoriginal.
  7. The company exists solely for the purpose of earning money from questionable journals that use the gold open-access model. The company charges the journals and assigns them a value, and then the journals use the number to help increase article submissions and therefore revenue. Alternatively, the company exists as a front for an existing publisher and assigns values to that publisher’s journals.
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1 thought on “(Alleged) Misleading Metrics”

  1. I am sure that the misleading journal indexes is a long “dark” story that is a shame. Just one more example – JICindex https://jicindex.com. It was developed in 2017 by a Publisher, Business Perspectives. Publisher is listed in the Beals’ list of predatory publishers since 2014. This index is about ranking the journals by accessing their ethics in publishing! How is it possible to access it? It is possible to evaluate it in a whole and include the journal in some list or not, but how is it possibe to rank the journals by publishing ethics??? This publisher wants to make money running this index and became an “ethical” advocate for other journal at list in one country where it is located!!! This is a nonsense at all. I think all those Publishers who will be involved in running such indexes should be excluded from any other legitimate indexes throughout the world and scholars should ignore such a Publisher!

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