Scholarly Communication: A Devil's Dictionary | Peer to Peer Review
Barbara Fister [librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN] has posted a delightful set of definitions clarifying the economics & evaluation of scholarly publishing. Check out this short, thought-provoking post:
Scholarly Communication: A Devil's Dictionary | Peer to Peer Review"
"Impact Factor: A formula that calculates the potential impact that being associated with a particular publication will have on a career, including the awarding of tenure, grants, and promotions. Not to be confused with impact on the advancement of knowledge, which has little bearing on careers because it is more difficult for committees to measure."
A PAMNET note by Joe Kraus [Denver University] alerted me to this humorous and insightful commentary.