ISI – late to index #PLoS One but now marketing that they do so

Well, just a mini post here. In case you did not know – PLoS One is now being indexed by ISI (see their announcement: PLoS ONE and see the PLOS blog post here
and see Erik Svensson’s blog post for an interesting take) and will get an impact factor and be in their Citation Index and all such things. Now mind you, I think “Impact Factor” is a silly thing overall in that we should evaluate papers not journals per se.

So why am I writing this – because I find it pretty funny that despite being slow to recognize PLoS One ISI is now promoting the fact that they are indexing PLoS One on their home page. See the screen capture above.

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

One thought on “ISI – late to index #PLoS One but now marketing that they do so”

  1. They couldn't have ignored PLoS ONE anymore. Not only because PLoS ONE has received over 25,000 citations so far, but because the >8,500 articles in PLoS ONE cites other “top” journals too. Now it's for their benefit that PLoS ONE is indexed so that they get more “impact points.”

    I know it's a classical and old question, but I still wonder why ISI doesn't count Reviews and Perspectives but counts their citations. This boosts the IF of journals like Science and Nature (which have a perspective article describing–and citing–every other research article).
    PLoS ONE, with almost no reviews (only two or three collections intros) is collecting an average of 3.5 citations per article now. Very impressive!


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