The Flesch Reading Ease measure is widely used to measure the difficulty of text in various disciplines, including Scientometrics. This letter/paper argues that the measure is now outdated, used inappropriately, and unreliable.
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I am extremely grateful to Guillaume Cabanac for submitting this paper to Scientometrics for me.
An erratum to this article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-016-2123-y.
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Hartley, J. Is time up for the Flesch measure of reading ease?. Scientometrics 107, 1523–1526 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-016-1920-7
- Flesch readability
- Text difficulty