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Following the impact factor: Utilitarianism or academic compliance?

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)309-312
JournalTourism Management
Journal publication date7 May 2015
Volume51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2015

Abstract

The use of impact factors has grown substantially in academia and publishing far beyond their original intended use. They are now used extensively in academic and research assessments as well as in the promotion of journals, publishers, institutions and individuals. The implications of such metricisation for understandings of research quality are discussed as well as for research strategies, the commercialisation of academic publishing, the disciplining of academic knowledge and publishing strategies, knowledge development and the further neoliberalisation of higher education. The paradoxes and problems of current and potential future directions are discussed including with respect to the development of open access publications.

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