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The preoccupation with journal IF is generated by the scientists comprising the review committees responsible for hiring, promotion, or funding decisions.
On awarding research funds on the basis of a modified lottery in which peer review is used to identify the most meritorious proposals, from which funded applications are selected by lottery.
The goal being to avoid contributing further to the inappropriate focus on journal IFs.
The use of journal impacts in evaluating individuals has its inherent dangers. In an ideal world, evaluators would read each article and make personal judgments.
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