The Tyranny of Citations

Philip G. Altbach, Inside Higher Ed, May 08, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good article questioning the mere counting of academic citations as an indication of an author's influence (one would think this would be an obvious thing, but, well, you know...). Some good points: "Academics in many countries are urged, or even forced, to publish their work in journals that are part of a citation system... [and] Creative research in universities around the world is downplayed because of the control of the narrow paradigms of the citation analysis system."
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