Manipulating journal impact factors

Via several folks on Facebook (e.g., Marcel Bogers, Der Chao Chen) – here’s a short blog post on how journals are manipulating their impact factors: coerced citations and manipulated impact factors – dirty tricks of academic journals.

Here’s the Science piece that the above blog post refers to: Coercive citation in academic publishing.  Here’s the data (pdf).

3 Comments on “Manipulating journal impact factors”

  1. RussCoff says:

    It is very unsettling to be asked to cite work from the same journal that does not directly apply – especially when the editor is a co-author on the proposed citation…

  2. teppo says:

    I’ve had this happen numerous times.

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