Are the Editors Responsible for Our Obsession with the Impact Factor?

@article{Argelles2017AreTE,
  title={Are the Editors Responsible for Our Obsession with the Impact Factor?},
  author={Juan-Carlos Arg{\"u}elles and Raquel Arg{\"u}elles-Prieto},
  journal={mBio},
  year={2017},
  volume={8}
}
The so-called impact factor (IF), introduced in an attempt to order scientific journals according to their influence in a particular field, is a dangerous instrument more related to competition among journals, which proudly wear their IF badges as a sign of status, than with scientific research (1). Moreover, the IF also constitutes an essential element in the daily activity of many researchers, who seek, sometimes obsessively, to publish their work in journals with a high impact. More… Expand
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