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Publish or Perish

Perceived Benefits versus Unintended Consequences

Imad A. Moosa

Imad Moosa’s thought-provoking book explores the contemporary doctrine that plagues the academic sphere: the principle of publish or perish. This book identifies the pressures placed upon academics to either publish their work regularly, or suffer the consequences, including lack of promotion, or even redundancy.
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Chapter 6: Other approaches to a hazardous endeavour

Perceived Benefits versus Unintended Consequences

Imad A. Moosa

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Alternatives to the citation-based approach to journal ranking include the opinion-based approach, the frequency of downloads approach, and the subscription-based approach (market-based ranking). The opinion-based approach can be distinguished from other approaches because the other three provide quantifiable measures of journal quality or impact and because it is least objective and most subjective. It is also the most expensive because administering a survey is costly when the data required for journal ranking by citations, downloads and subscriptions are available free of charge. The debate seems to be about how journals are ranked when it should be about whether or not journals should be ranked. At least three problems make journal ranking a hazardous endeavour.

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