High-impact-factor syndrome: What, why, and what to do


Prof. Carlton M. Caves, University of New Mexico and The University of Queensland
This colloquium will be held in Parnell (07)-234 at 3 pm.

High-impact-factor syndrome (HIFS) is a disease of scientists and administrators. The most virulent manifestation of the disease lies in judging the accomplishments of individual scientists, especially junior scientists, in terms of the number of publications in high-impact-factor (HIF) journals. I will describe what a HIF journal is, how I think HIFS arose, why it is having an increasingly negative impact on the practice of science, and what might be done about it.

This colloquium will be based on Prof. Caves’ APS news article.

Prof. Carlton Caves – High Impact Factor Syndrome – What, Why and What to Do from School of Mathematics & Physics on Vimeo.