A simple proposal for the publication of journal citation distributions

@article{Larivire2016ASP,
  title={A simple proposal for the publication of journal citation distributions},
  author={V. Larivi{\`e}re and V. Kiermer and C. MacCallum and M. McNutt and Mark Patterson and B. Pulverer and S. Swaminathan and Stuart Taylor and Stephen Curry},
  journal={bioRxiv},
  year={2016}
}
Although the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is widely acknowledged to be a poor indicator of the quality of individual papers, it is used routinely to evaluate research and researchers. Here, we present a simple method for generating the citation distributions that underlie JIFs. Application of this straightforward protocol reveals the full extent of the skew of these distributions and the variation in citations received by published papers that is characteristic of all scientific journals… Expand

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