March Metrics! First Annual World Championship of Research Impact

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The First Annual World Championship of Research Impact


The authors:

“How do we assess the contributions of individual scientists and their relative impact in their fields? There is no shortage of debate online when it comes to the fairness of current “how many papers and what is the journal’s Impact Factor” methods and their effects on the careers of talented young scientists.

As scientific research reluctantly enters the digital age, a host of new metrics, known as altmetrics, have appeared that promise to revolutionize how we assess the impact of individual scientists’ work in their field and the world in general. However, with so many new metrics trying to compete with the traditional model of academic assessment, there is a risk that the utility of these metrics will become lost in the ensuing academic debate about which is the “best metric”. From March 1st – 31st, 2103, we will collect submissions of all types of research activity – from publication of journal articles, to sharing open data sets, to raising money for your research through new mechanisms such as Crowdfunding. By combining“impact points” for each type of data and its downstream impact (shares, tweets, downloads, etc.), we will produce overall and category-specific World Champions for Research Impact. All submitted data (minus people’s email addresses) will be publicly posted on figshare, enabling an open-source evaluation of the current state of research publishing and communications activity.”


The counting rules are here:



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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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