Posted by: bluesyemre | April 20, 2015

Fake metrics and how to spot them by Jenny Neophytou

"METRICS" Tag Cloud Globe (statistics data graphical analysis)

Many of you know the letters; I see copies of them several times a year:

metrics letter

In recent weeks, two articles have been published drawing attention to the proliferation of fake, spurious and counterfeit journal metrics. The first paper, published in the Wiley journal Bioessays, attributes this phenomenon to the rise of ‘predatory’ journals with questionable scientific practices, which nevertheless require strong rankings in order to appear reputable. The authors identify a total of 21 websites that provide such metrics – websites that, they claim, thereby ‘exploit the desperation of some publishers and authors to show some kind of scholarly metric’ (Gutierrez, Beall, & Forero, 2015, p. 2). Independent analyst and publishing consultant Phil Davis likewise acknowledges the problem in a recent post on The Scholarly Kitchen, and claims that the use of such metrics erodes faith in all metrics, reputable and predatory alike. Both articles outline the potential causes and consequences of spurious metrics within the academic publishing industry – but how do you spot them? On receiving a letter (such as the above), how do you know whether it’s time to celebrate, or whether you have been targeted by a scam?

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