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March 23, 2007

Eigenfactor--New Journal Ranking Site

Dennis Dillon from UT-Austin sent this message out about a new journal ranking site, Eigenfactor. Carl Bergstrom, a scientist at UW-Seattle, is developing this site. It is akin to Google scholar.

"Eigenfactor.org is a non-commercial academic research project
sponsored by the Bergstrom lab in the Department of Biology at
the University of Washington. We aim to develop novel methods for
evaluating the influence of scholarly periodicals and for mapping
the structure of academic research. We are committed to sharing
our findings with interested members of the public, including
librarians, journal editors, publishers, and authors of scholarly

More under the fold..

From the website:

The Eigenfactor score of a journal is an estimate of the percentage of time that library users spend with that journal. The Eigenfactor algorithm corresponds to a simple model of research in which readers follow chains of citations as they move from journal to journal. Imagine that a researcher goes to the library and selects a journal article at random. After reading the article, the researcher selects at random one of the citations from the article. She then proceeds to the journal that was cited, reads a random article there, and selects a citation to direct her to her next journal volume. The researcher does this ad infinitum.

Posted by Becky at March 23, 2007 12:14 PM Posted to Database Alert