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dc.contributor.authorWooding, S
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-27T00:31:32Z
dc.date.available2019-11-27T00:31:32Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.issn0048-7333
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/299299
dc.description.abstractAt its simplest, ‘How to avoid borrowed plumes in academia’ by Margit Osterloh and Bruno Frey (Osterloh & Frey, 2020) is a paper about how using Journal Impact Factor (JIF) to judge academic papers and their authors is a bad idea; their suggestion of why people nevertheless persist in doing so; and what might be done to stop them. More broadly, it is a paper about heuristics (or rules-of-thumb) – why they are used; when they should not be used; and how to stop them being used in those contexts. I agree with Osterloh and Frey that JIF is a bad heuristic for judging research, but I find their arguments about why it is used and what might be done to stop people using it unconvincing and impractical. In this short Note, I argue that the use of heuristics is inevitable and, if effectively selected, they can improve decision-making. The challenge for an individual is to decide which heuristics are worth using. The policy challenge is to dissuade people from using inappropriate heuristics – and doing this requires good evidence on how and why the heuristics are being used, something that is missing from Osterloh and Frey’s paper.
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dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.titleHeuristics, not plumage: A response to Osterloh and Frey's discussion paper on ‘Borrowed plumes’
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier1
prism.publicationDate2020
prism.publicationNameResearch Policy
prism.volume49
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.46367
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-07-03
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.respol.2019.103871
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-02-01
dc.contributor.orcidWooding, Steven [0000-0002-8036-1054]
dc.identifier.eissn1873-7625
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2019-11-04
cam.orpheus.successThu Jan 30 10:35:08 GMT 2020 - Embargo updated
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2021-08-01


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