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Evaluating Authors, Articles, and Journals

Information about assessing researchers, publications, and journals and increasing the impact of your scholarship.

Goodhart's Law

 

Charles Goodhart

 

Goodhart's Law cautions us against becoming too reliant on any single metric. This is true of the often simple and flawed metrics used to assess research impact in academia.

Overreliance on metrics such as the H-factor results in a slew of issues. One such problematic tactic is "salami slicing" research products, splitting of data derived from a single research idea into multiple smaller “publishable” units or “slices.”