HIFA members, especially those working with research journals, may find this opinion piece by Dr Nandita Quaderi, editor-in-chief and vice president of Web of Science Editorial interesting. She raises the question: is there a new type of citation distortion?
A few quotes:
"For the second year, the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Clarivate demonstrates the enormous impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on scholarly publishing."
"Scholarly publishing continues to be based on trust but unfortunately new forms of manipulation have emerged as some stakeholders seek to gain an unfair advantage and fraudulent enterprises have appeared that exploit the increased pressure to publish and be cited."
"It is wonderful to see high impact journals get the attention they deserve from the international research community, but seeking to secure high citation impact without a solid foundation should not be a goal in itself for researchers and can damage the integrity of the scholarly record."
Dr Julie N Reza
HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development (www.globalbiomedia.co.uk). She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group. www.hifa.org/people/steering-group
Email: naimareza AT hotmail.com