Measuring quality is hard

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Author: nsaunders

Three articles. Click on the images for larger versions.

Exhibit A: the infamous “(insert statistical method here)”. Exhibit B: “just make up an elemental analysis“. Exhibit C: a methods paper in which a significant proportion of the text was copied verbatim from a previous article. Finally, exhibit D, which shall be forever known as the “crappy Gabor” paper.

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Exhibit C

Exhibit D

Exhibit D

I think that altmetrics are a great initiative. So long as we’re clear that what’s being measured is attention, not quality.

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One Reply to “Measuring quality is hard”

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