Trends in the Usage of ISI Bibliometric Data: Uses, Abuses, and Implications

Brian D. Cameron
2005 portal: Libraries and the Academy  
Librarians rely on the Institute for Scientific Information's journal impact factor as a tool for selecting periodicals, primarily in scientific disciplines. A current trend is to use this data as a means for evaluating the performance of departments, institutions, and even researchers in academic institutions-a process that is now being tied to tenure and promotion-despite the fact that such usage can be misleading and prejudicial. This paper will highlight the history of the development of
more » ... act factors, describe the limitations in their use, and provide a critique of the usage of impact factors in academic settings.
doi:10.1353/pla.2005.0003 fatcat:xtqdnjd4cbgb3hb2sahjctkmm4