Do faculty journal selections correspond to objective indicators of citation impact? Results for 20 academic departments at Manhattan College
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We examine the relationships between four citation metrics (impact factor, the numerator of the impact factor, article influence score, and eigenfactor) and the library journal selection decisions made by Manhattan College faculty as part of a large-scale serials review. Our results show that journal selection status (selected or not) is only weakly or moderately related to citation impact. Faculty choosing journals for their universities do consider the citation data provided to them, although they place less emphasis on citation impact than do faculty responding to journal ranking surveys. While previous research suggests that subjective journal ratings are more closely related to size-independent metrics (those that represent the average impact of an article rather than the impact of the journal as a whole) and weighted metrics (those that give more credit for citations in high-impact journals), our current results provide no support for the first assertion and only limited support for the second.
KeywordsAcademic libraries Article influence score Eigenfactor Impact factor Journal rankings Journal ratings Serials review
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