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Björn BrembsFreie Universität Berlin  Universität LeipzigUniversität Regensburg  http://brembs.net
Björn BrembsFreie Universität Berlin  Universität LeipzigUniversität Regensburg  http://brembs.net
Dysfunctional scholarlyliterature
• Limited access
• Limited access• No global search
• Limited access• No global search• No hyperlinks
•   Limited access•   No global search•   No hyperlinks•   No data visualization
•   Limited access•   No global search•   No hyperlinks•   No data visualization•   No submission    standards
• Limited access• No global search• No hyperlinks• No data visualization• No submission  standards• (Almost) no statistics
• Limited access• No global search• No hyperlinks• No data visualization• No submission  standards• (Almost) no statistics...
• Limited access• No global search• No hyperlinks• No data visualization• No submission  standards• (Almost) no statistics...
•   Limited access                 •   No global search                 •   No hyperlinks                 •   No data visu...
Scientific data in peril
Non-existent softwarearchives
Technically feasible today (almost)• No more corporate publishers – libraries  archive everything and make it publicly  ac...
Source Normalized Impact per Paper      •   Thomson Reuters: Impact Factor      •   Eigenfactor (now Thomson Reuters)     ...
Only read publications from high-ranking journals
Publikationstätigkeit(vollständige Publikationsliste, darunter Originalarbeiten als Erstautor/in,Seniorautor/in, Impact-Pu...
Only read publications from high-ranking journals
Only publish in high-ranking journals
Lies, damn lies andbibliometrics
Introduced in 1950’s by Eugene Garfield: ISI                                                           citations          ...
Introduced in 1950’s by Eugene Garfield: ISI                                                           citations          ...
Journal X IF 2010= All citations from TR indexed journals in 2012 to papers in journal X    Number of citable articles pub...
• Negotiable• Irreproducible• Mathematically  unsound
• PLoS Medicine, IF 2-11 (8.4) (The PLoS Medicine Editors (2006) The Impact Factor Game. PLoS Med 3(6): e291. http://www.p...
• Rockefeller University Press bought their      data from Thomson Reuters    • Up to 19% deviation from published records...
• Left-skewed distributions      • Weak correlation of individual article citation        rate with journal IFSeglen PO (1...
Data from: Fang, F., & Casadevall, A. (2011). RETRACTED SCIENCE AND THE RETRACTION INDEX Infection and Immunity DOI: 10.11...
"Not everything that can be countedcounts, and not everything thatcounts can be counted."
Corporate publishers‘ profitscan easily finance all reformsImage source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wakingtiger/31567913...
4b € per year for 10,000 university libraries:      400,000 € per year per library
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
Limited access is a symptom, not the disease
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Limited access is a symptom, not the disease

  1. 1. Björn BrembsFreie Universität Berlin Universität LeipzigUniversität Regensburg http://brembs.net
  2. 2. Björn BrembsFreie Universität Berlin Universität LeipzigUniversität Regensburg http://brembs.net
  3. 3. Dysfunctional scholarlyliterature
  4. 4. • Limited access
  5. 5. • Limited access• No global search
  6. 6. • Limited access• No global search• No hyperlinks
  7. 7. • Limited access• No global search• No hyperlinks• No data visualization
  8. 8. • Limited access• No global search• No hyperlinks• No data visualization• No submission standards
  9. 9. • Limited access• No global search• No hyperlinks• No data visualization• No submission standards• (Almost) no statistics
  10. 10. • Limited access• No global search• No hyperlinks• No data visualization• No submission standards• (Almost) no statistics• No text/data-mining
  11. 11. • Limited access• No global search• No hyperlinks• No data visualization• No submission standards• (Almost) no statistics• No text/data-mining• No effective way to sort, filter and discover
  12. 12. • Limited access • No global search • No hyperlinks • No data visualization • No submission standards • (Almost) no statistics • No text/data-mining • No effective way to sort, filter and discover…it’s like the • No scientific impact analysisweb in 1995! • No networking feature • etc.
  13. 13. Scientific data in peril
  14. 14. Non-existent softwarearchives
  15. 15. Technically feasible today (almost)• No more corporate publishers – libraries archive everything and make it publicly accessible according to a world-wide standard• Single semantic, decentralized database of literature, data and software
  16. 16. Source Normalized Impact per Paper • Thomson Reuters: Impact Factor • Eigenfactor (now Thomson Reuters) • ScImago JournalRank (SJR) • Scopus: SNIP, SJR
  17. 17. Only read publications from high-ranking journals
  18. 18. Publikationstätigkeit(vollständige Publikationsliste, darunter Originalarbeiten als Erstautor/in,Seniorautor/in, Impact-Punkte insgesamt und in den letzten 5 Jahren,darunter jeweils gesondert ausgewiesen als Erst- und Seniorautor/in,persönlicher Scientific Citations Index (SCI, h-Index nach Web ofScience) über alle Arbeiten)Publications:Complete list of publications, including original research papers as firstauthor, senior author, impact points total and in the last 5 years, withmarked first and last-authorships, personal Scientific Citations Index(SCI, h-Index according to Web of Science) for all publications.
  19. 19. Only read publications from high-ranking journals
  20. 20. Only publish in high-ranking journals
  21. 21. Lies, damn lies andbibliometrics
  22. 22. Introduced in 1950’s by Eugene Garfield: ISI citations C12 publishedarticles A1 timepublished A2 year 1 year 2 year 3
  23. 23. Introduced in 1950’s by Eugene Garfield: ISI citations 100 publishedarticles 40 timepublished 60 year 1 year 2 year 3
  24. 24. Journal X IF 2010= All citations from TR indexed journals in 2012 to papers in journal X Number of citable articles published in journal X in 20010/11 €30,000-130,000/year subscription rates Covers ~11,500 journals (Scopus covers ~16,500)
  25. 25. • Negotiable• Irreproducible• Mathematically unsound
  26. 26. • PLoS Medicine, IF 2-11 (8.4) (The PLoS Medicine Editors (2006) The Impact Factor Game. PLoS Med 3(6): e291. http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.0030291)• Current Biology IF from 7 to 11 in 2003 – Bought by Cell Press (Elsevier) in 2001…
  27. 27. • Rockefeller University Press bought their data from Thomson Reuters • Up to 19% deviation from published records • Second dataset still not correctRossner M, van Epps H, Hill E (2007): Showme the data. The Journal of Cell Biology, Vol.179, No. 6, 1091-1092http://jcb.rupress.org/cgi/content/full/179/6/1091
  28. 28. • Left-skewed distributions • Weak correlation of individual article citation rate with journal IFSeglen PO (1997): Why the impact factor of journals should not be used for evaluating research. BMJ 1997;314(7079):497 (15 February)http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/314/7079/497
  29. 29. Data from: Fang, F., & Casadevall, A. (2011). RETRACTED SCIENCE AND THE RETRACTION INDEX Infection and Immunity DOI: 10.1128/IAI.05661-11
  30. 30. "Not everything that can be countedcounts, and not everything thatcounts can be counted."
  31. 31. Corporate publishers‘ profitscan easily finance all reformsImage source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wakingtiger/3156791383/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  32. 32. 4b € per year for 10,000 university libraries: 400,000 € per year per library

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