Academic journal publishing now follows the classic 80%-20% power law
distribution in most respects meaning that, for example, a minority of
journals, institutes and authors dominate the scene. We explain how this
situation arose and how it is both reflected and accentuated by the Impact
Factor. We will describe the giant inequality now present in journals
in terms of publishing languages and norms, financial and online accessibility
as well as poor or even corrupt quality control during the peer review
process that is creating under-representation, hampering collaboration
and innovation and reducing the spectrum of published ideas. We have identified
and quantified a list of criteria that measure these effects and we have
developed a technique using neural networks that can be used to construct
(or improve) the standard bibliometric indices. In this mini-workshop
we will report our findings and invite you to participate in helping develop
a new bibliometric measure that reflects quality, global accessibility
and fair practice.
The workshop is open to all. Since the topic is the current journal monopoly
and bibliometric indices, it is hoped that not only editors and users
using and engaging journals will attend, but also interested individual
authors, librarians and individuals who also face difficulties resulting
from the impact factor and lack of access.
Participants will learn how quantitative criteria (other than citation
indices) can used to measure journal and publication quality and accessibility.
They will be presented with the current state of affairs as well as the
global opinion concerning journal quality and access and will acquire
the skills needed to construct or understand bibliometric indices. It
is hoped that the workshop will provide a valuable critique of the journal
monopoly and the impact factor as well as the need for alternative measures.
Taylor, PhD, is a theoretical physicist at the Universidad
Autonoma de Madrid. His research involves the use of artificial intelligence
for data analysis and the modeling of complex systems. He was commissioning
editor for popular science books and graduate textbooks at the Institute
of Physics and is developing new mathematical techniques for the social
Perakakis, is a psychologist at the University of Granada
and co-author of a recent article in scientometrics on internationality.
His PhD research involves the study of chaos in heart ECG and brain EEG
signals. He is a practitioner of the Buteyko Method for aiding patients
suffering from Asthma. email@example.com
Trachana, PhD, is a biologist working in the Centro Nacional
de Biotecnología (UAM). She is currently researching the human
cell cycle and has a wealth of experience submitting work to highly competitive
biology and clinical medicine journals as well as witnessing first hand
the impact of large pharmaceutical corporations on pure science research.