Phil Davis

I am an independent researcher and publishing consultant specializing in the statistical analysis of readership and citation data. I am a former postdoctoral researcher in science communication and former science librarian. http://phil-davis.org/
Phil Davis has written 298 posts for The Scholarly Kitchen

Will Citation Distributions Reduce Impact Factor Abuses?

Publishing a histogram of a journal’s citation distribution won’t alleviate Impact Factor abuse. At best, it will be ignored. At worse, it will generate confusion. Continue reading

Detecting (and Stopping) Robot Pirates

Designed to act like humans, pirate robots avoid detection by keeping download requests low, cycling through journals, and jumping from publisher to publisher. Continue reading

Two-step Authentication: Finally Coming to a University Near You

Many of the popular tools that we use everyday require two-step authentication. It seems odd that universities, who store data much more valuable than cat videos, recipes, and selfies, are slow to require it. That may change shortly.
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Bitcoin: A Solution to Publisher Authentication and Usage Accounting

The technology developed to create a crypto-currency may be used to solve two intractable problems in scholarly publishing: authenticating users and counting usage.
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Image Manipulation: Cleaning Up the Scholarly Record

After hundreds of manipulated images were detected across 40 scientific journals, the real work will be to correct the scientific record. Continue reading

Citation Networks Yield Competitive Intelligence

Citation networks can provide much more than journal metrics and rankings. Publishers should look to them for competitive intelligence. Continue reading

On Moose and Medians (Or Why We Are Stuck With The Impact Factor)

If Thomson Reuters can calculate Impact Factors and Eigenfactors, why can’t they deliver a simple median score? Continue reading

HighWire Cultures Northern Ireland

Following the announcement of a new HighWire office in Belfast, Northern Ireland, top management is working on a cultural transition plan for the Silicon Valley based company. Continue reading

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…Elsevier to Purchase Sci-Hub

Exasperated over ineffectual attempts to shut down Sci-Hub, an illegal article sharing website, Elsevier has decided to purchase the service for an undisclosed sum. Continue reading

Library Expenditures, Salaries Outstrip Inflation

The “crisis in scholarly communication” story is not entirely supported by Association of Research Libraries (ARL) data. Why do we cling to the victim-hero narrative when alternatives exist? Continue reading

Can Scopus Deliver A Better Journal Impact Metric? Response from Scopus

An official response from Wim Meester, Head of Content Strategy for Scopus. Continue reading

Can Scopus Deliver A Better Journal Impact Metric?

While offering real improvements over Thomson Reuters, Scopus may be suffering from serious data integrity issues and communication problems with its third-party publishers. Continue reading

Citable Items: The Contested Impact Factor Denominator

Thomson Reuters’ approach of indexing by journal section and revising by demand leads to great inconsistencies across journals and inflates the Impact Factors of elite journals. The solution: remove the human element. Continue reading

As PLOS ONE Shrinks, 2015 Impact Factor Expected to Rise

How a shrinking journals receives an artificial boost to its leading citation indicator. Continue reading

PNAS: Tighter Editorial Policy Improves NAS Papers

After years of tightening its submissions policy, papers contributed by NAS members start resembling direct submissions. Continue reading

Incremental Improvements Start With A/B Testing

Why do publishers and platform providers spend so little time seeking incremental improvements? Continue reading

PLOS ONE Shrinks by 11 Percent

Can PLOS exist without a mega-journal? Continue reading

PubMed Central Boosts Citations, Study Claims

Researchers claim that PMC boosts citations by 26%. A closer look at the paper reveals serious data and analysis problems. Can we collectively design a better study? Continue reading

Survey: What Do Authors Expect From Peer Review?

Stop thinking of peer review as a concept and start thinking of it as a toolbox. Continue reading

Seeing the Forest (Plot) for the Trees

Clean, data rich, and intuitive, forest plots can be used to visualize publication metrics. Continue reading

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