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  • Emma Perez-Costas, PhD

An attempt to rationalize the use of bibliometric data: The Leiden manifesto

Last week Nature published the "Leiden manifesto for research metrics", which is a very well thought set of principles for a more rational use of bibliometric data by Universities and funding agencies. I would like everybody to read it because it provides an overview of the evolution of research metrics, their initial objectives, and how they have been used in a misguided manner. I completely endorse the manifesto, and strongly believe that in the past decades the "index obsession" has mislead researchers and administrators, at least in the Life Sciences, and particularly, in Neuroscience. Quantity should not prevail over quality, and fast should not prevail over innovative and well-design science.


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