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The shortcomings of the Thompson impact factor are described in detail in the net. For young researchers at the beginning of their career, it’s useless to fight against the hidden rules and mechanisms in this unsportsmanlike game; a depressive martyrdom.
What they ask for are straight tips to deal with this myrical!

Thanks to Paul Smeyers and Nicholas C. Burbules provide them with eight practical tips to handle this black box. Their article “How to Improve your Impact Factor: Questioning the Quantification of Academic Quality” in the Journal of Philosophy of Education also encompasses a worth reading analysis of the Status Quo in research publishing.

Heads up:

  • “Forget about society and education in general.
  • Find a research area that is flourishing and blessed with a large number of ISI journals.
  • Limit your research interest to a minute aspect that is distinctly associated with you, and which can be addressed empirically.
  • While you need not limit yourself to quantitative methods, bear in mind that these are always to be preferred.
  • If you can at all, avoid case studies.
  • Look for friends with whom you can swap cites.
  • Cite your own work often, and cite lots of articles from the journal in which you want to publish.
  • Do good work by all means, but above all be sure to publish findings that are controversial and widely debated … Then sit back and watch your impact factor grow.”

Lit.: Smeyers, P. & Burbules, N.C. (2011), How to Improve your Impact Factor: Questioning the Quantification of Academic Quality, Journal of Philosophy of Education, 45, 1, 1-17, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9752.2011.00787.x

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