October 8, 2013
Search for Best Way to Rate Research Papers Finds No Good Options
Judging the quality of a research paper by the rating of the journal that published it is a very poor measure of scientific merit. And yet, a study of more than 6,500 published papers has concluded, the leading alternatives are even worse.
The analysis, published on Tuesday in PLoS Biology, considered whether it's better to judge an article by the number of citations it receives or by the