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Rethinking impact factors: better ways to judge a journal

We need a broader, more-transparent suite of metrics to improve science publishing, say Paul Wouters, colleagues and co-signatories.
Paul Wouters is professor of scientometrics and dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Leiden University, the Netherlands.
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Cassidy R. Sugimoto is associate professor of informatics at Indiana University Bloomington, USA.

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Vincent Larivière is associate professor of information science at the University of Montreal, Canada.

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Marie E. McVeigh is head of editorial integrity at the Institute for Scientific Information, part of the Web of Science group, Clarivate Analytics, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

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Bernd Pulverer is chief editor of The EMBO Journal and head of scientific publications at EMBO, Heidelberg, Germany.

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Sarah de Rijcke is professor of science and evaluation studies and director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

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Ludo Waltman is professor of quantitative science studies and deputy director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

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Nature 569, 621-623 (2019)

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-01643-3

A list of co-signatories accompanies this Comment (see Supplementary information).

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