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I am sick of impact factors and so is science. The impact factor might have started out as a good idea, but its time has come and gone. Conceived by Eugene Garfield in the 1970s as a useful tool for research libraries to judge the relative merits of journals when allocating their subscription budgets, the impact factor is calculated annually as the mean number of citations to articles published in any given journal in the two preceding years.
November 22, 2004 Annals of culture Should a charge of plagiarism ruin your life? One day this spring, a psychiatrist named Dorothy Lewis got a call from her friend Betty, who works in New York City.