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Let's dump impact factors

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.0-h (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0-h
  1. Kamran Abbasi, acting editor (kabbasi@bmj.com)

    A passionate exchange about academic medicine is possible—as shown by our current online discussion (http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/misc/webchat.shtml)—and it reveals disillusionment. Emphasis on where research is published—relying on impact factors to reward academic work with funding or promotion—is ripping the soul out of academia. “Publications (sic) become more important than teaching and the actual research itself,” said one discussant.

    I asked an author why his paper, which fitted naturally in the BMJ, had been submitted to another journal. The response was pained, a touch embarrassed, but honest: the dean of his institution …

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