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“Measuring the Impact of Scholarly Journals” Discussion at Columbia

New York, NY Representatives from Thomson Reuters,, and MESUR will speak at Columbia University on the current debate concerning the best way to rank the importance and influence of scholarly publications. The panel discussion will take place on Thursday, October 30, 2008, at 3 p.m. in Hammer Health Sciences Center Room 401 at the Columbia University Medical Center. It is free and open to the public.
The panelists include Marian Hollingsworth, director of Publisher Relations at Thomson Reuters and former assistant director of the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services; Jevin West, an Achievement Awards for College Scientists Fellow at the University of Washington’s Biology Department and head developer for; and Johan Bollen, a staff researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the principal investigator of the MESUR project.
The Impact Factor (IF) is an influential yet controversial metric of citations to science and social science journals that is calculated yearly by Thomson Reuters. It is a widely used indicator of the importance of scholarly journals. is a project of the University of Washington that aims to develop novel methods for evaluating the influence of scholarly periodicals and for mapping the structure of academic research. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded MEtrics from Scholarly Usage of Resources (MESUR) project, operating out of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, develops new tools to assess the impact of scholars and scholarly communication items, using metrics based on usage data.
This event is the second in the speaker series on today’s pivotal issues in scholarly communication organized by the Scholarly Communication Program of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, and is co-sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health. Follow the live event remotely via Twitter at Video of all events will be distributed through the Scholarly Communication Program website and Columbia University’s iTunesU page. For information on the series, Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, please email Kathryn Pope at, or visit