Thursday, 21 February 2008

How to boost your ratings

THES has published an article outlining the ways in which a researcher could increase their research ratings by manipulating citation counts within the proposed REF. Several senior academics have suggested ways in which citation counts could be increased, including:
  • Not citing anyone else's research
  • Not publishing in low citation rate journals
  • Not engaging in research which is in a field not covered by the Thomas Scientific database as the output will not be visible
  • Not reporting negative results as they are unlikely to be cited
  • Joining a citation club

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