2019 Webinar 3: Journal Success at Home and Abroad: How Do You Measure Global Impact

Journal Success at Home and Abroad: How Do You Measure Global Impact?

Held: June 25, 2019

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Impact Factor has long been the standard to evaluating the importance of a journal in its given field. Journal success, institutional funding, and research tenure rely on this magic number. As preprint servers and the Open Access movement make it easier for developing nations to participate in the sharing of scientific research, the importance of Impact Factor comes into question as the gold standard for journal impact. The rise of alternate journal-level data available in sources like CiteScore and Altmetric Explorer provide more context to a journal’s health, especially when there are still challenges faced by scientific journals in developing countries. In addition to this, Dimensions gives a new “dimension” to the conversation around impact, metrics and assessment. Dimensions is a database that provides data to the community to enable new methods of assessment, impact and measures of journal health. This webinar will provide an update on CitesScore and Altmetrics to evaluate your journal, tell us more about Dimensions, and elucidate the need for more alternatives in the world of publishing.

•  Learn why the Impact Factor is important, but also why alternatives are needed.
•  How to best use CiteScore and Altmetric data to measure the success of your own journals.
•  Find out more about Dimensions and how it adds to the ways you can evaluate your journal health.
•  Enumerate issues about Impact Factor and its alternatives in developing third world and how it impacts research and journals everywhere.


Sara Grimme, Director, Strategic Accounts, Digital Science
Sara is a Director of Strategic Accounts at Digital Science, and manages key account relationships within the publisher space. Prior to joining Digital Science last year, Sara was Publishing & Product director at Elsevier, and launched Elsevier’s open access mega journal, Heliyon. Before joining Elsevier Sara worked for Nature Publishing Group, launching and running the open access journal Scientific Reports.


Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research Relations, Altmetric
Stacy Konkiel is the Director of Research Relations at Altmetric and Dimensions. Stacy’s research interests include incentives systems in academia and informetrics, and she has written and presented widely about altmetrics and values-based evaluation. Stacy is a co-PI for theHuMetricsHSS initiative and is a Metrics Toolkit Editorial Board member. Previously, Stacy worked with teams at Impactstory, Indiana University & PLOS. You can learn more about Stacy at stacykonkiel.org.

Barun Nayak, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology & Research, P D Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Mumbai
Dr Barun Kumar Nayak is Head of the Ophthalmology Department at P.D.Hinduja National Hospital & MRC, Mumbai for the last 30 years. He founded the Journal of Bombay Ophthalmologists’ Association, the official publication of Bombay Ophthalmologists’ Association, and was elected as Editor for the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology (IJO) in 2005. 

In 2013, Dr Nayak founded the “Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology & Research” (JCOR) as the official publication of Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society. Barun has more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed journals and has conducted multiple instruction courses, research methodology workshops, performed live teaching surgeries and delivered talks in national and international fora

Andrew Plume, PhD, Senior Director of Research Evaluation, Elsevier
Dr. Andrew Plume specializes in scientometrics (the scientific qualification and analysis of science). Through accumulating a broad spectrum of data that ranges from specific primary sources such as authors and single articles to the broadest data resources generated from countries and entire subject domains, Dr. Plume studies information flows in scholarly literature by analyzing patterns of publications and citations. After receiving his PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Queensland, Australia, and conducting post-doctoral research at Imperial College London, Dr. Plume joined Elsevier in 2004. He has co-authored research and review articles in the peer-reviewed literature and is a member of the editorial board of Research Trends.