Australian Academy of Science - Research Quality Framework journal rankings

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:22:36 +0000

> Research Quality Framework (RQF)
> The Academy is inviting feedback to the draft Research Quality
> Framework (RQF) journal lists ranked by expert groups through the
> Academy of Science.

Determining journal quality based on an unfiltered web-based opinion
poll makes almost as little sense as doing it on the basis of polling
preferences for the color of the journal's cover.

A targeted evaluation by qualified peers would make far more sense.

And even then, the journal's rated quality or impact factor (average
citation count) should only be one (or two) in a rich battery of
candidate metrics (including article citation counts, author citation
counts, download counts, co-citations, chronometrics for citations and
downloads, hub/authority indices, endogamy measures, "h-index," funding,
students, and many other candidate metrics), jointly cross-validated
and weighted, in a multiple regression equation, against qualified peer
evaluations or other criteria that are either face-valid or have already
been validated.

    Harnad, S. (2007) Open Access Scientometrics and the UK Research
    Assessment Exercise. In: Proceedings of 11th Annual Meeting of the
    International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics 11(1), pp.
    27-33, Madrid, Spain. Torres-Salinas, D. and Moed, H. F., Eds.

Stevan Harnad

If you have adopted or plan to adopt a policy of providing Open Access
to your own research article output, please describe your policy at:

    BOAI-1 ("Green"): Publish your article in a suitable toll-access journal
    BOAI-2 ("Gold"): Publish your article in an open-access journal if/when
    a suitable one exists.
    in BOTH cases self-archive a supplementary version of your article
    in your own institutional repository.

> Feedback needs to be made by Friday 23 November 2007 through the
> use of a provided form.
> Please email feedback forms to Ms Fenja Theden
> (fenja.theden --
> Nancy Pritchard
> Manager - International Programs
> Australian Academy of Science
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