Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cairo University publication point system

A Jordanian math professor wrote to me about gaming and misuse of ratings systems like journal impact factor. In one case, work published in Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (CSF) was weighted over work published in Communications in Algebra (CA) by the ratio of their impact factors, which was 5 or 6 at the time and is even higher now. The CSF impact factor was rigged, of course, like that of Ji-Huan He's International Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation. This resulted in quick promotion for the CSF author and passing over of the unfortunate CA author -- my correspondent. Clearly the reciprocal weight should have been used.

Some universities have their own point systems, taking impact factor and other things into account. This PDF is a point system used by Cairo University. The maximum rating is 10, e.g., for Science. CSF, a journal full of gibberish, nonsense squiggles and doodles, gets 5 points. In fact, every journal gets at least 5 points so I don't know why a 10-point scale was used.

It would be nice if Arabic readers had any comments about this document. For example, why are CSF and one other journal mentioned specially before the table of rankings?

The PDF was given to me by my correspondent, who in turn obtained it from an Egyptian colleague.

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Here is Google Translate's inadequate rendering into English of the first part (sorry for the hard line breaks):

Degrees of scientific journals
Calculated from 10 points
According to effect transactions available in 2008
This list has been prepared to benefit from transactions that the impact of scientific journals based on the data
According to the classification established Journal of Citations Reports magazine reports taken from the scientific reference
By an international scientific disciplines, taking into account some of the rules accepted locally, shows that the following summary:
-1 List includes the 2375 Magazine cover areas of work of the Committee: Mathematics (Pure) and Statistics and Mathematics
(Applied Mechanics and mathematical physics, theoretical and mathematical applications in life sciences, environment and economy
And others) and computer science and its applications. As well as some areas of interfaces that are likely to contain some
Journals likely to publish their research related to applications of sports (metal and mechanical engineering the robot and Science
Material physics, biotechnology, ...) and also some specialized journals in general science and mathematics include
. General Science
-2 Has been divided into sub-disciplines journals in accordance with the applicable internationally and is determined by degrees Journals
Journal of the magazine relative to the specific impact of higher plants in each specialty category I according to the factor influencing
Specialization to which they belong to this magazine. Given 10 degrees of the magazine with the largest impact factor in that category.
This means that periodically the impact factor of 0.5 may get a higher degree of impact of other plants 2
In the different specialization.
3 was chosen so that the formula for calculating grades take all the periodicals contained in the reports of scientific reference
The degree of not less than five degrees. Journal of Citations Reports
-4 Scores were calculated after excluding any references in the journals of the Ad Hoc Nschermqalat reference
Published on scientific research and trends, but not containing the results of scientific research and this new Reviews
The Committee shall consider each case individually when providing research R references are not given the degree and placed before the code
Reference in promotions.
-5 Degrees has been determined automatically from the available data, after the exclusion of about 15 mostly magazine does not publish
American J. of Physics at the level of research in mathematics or not already published research (such as
But that has not been a systematic and exhaustive in our list the names of others (such as (Current Contents
And other magazines that publish discussions, contests, or on the roads Mathematical Intelligencer,
Teaching or in the application of engineering and technology and generally not for the publication of results of scientific research in the
Mathematics or one of its subsidiaries, which hide the observer of the specialized journals) and has been seen from
. N of these magazines Mzenah place with a letter grade
-6 Commission consider when dealing with any periodic coefficient effect or impact factor appeared to her newly There
In the current list in determining the appropriate level of the patrol in accordance with the system described above.
-7 Out of this assessment of the magazines given Egyptian Mathematical Society Journal 7 degrees and advanced research benefit
One is given such a degree if applying for the title with four scientific research and advanced Bbgesin If
More than four and up to ten research.
-7 Aldorretan following are the impact factor, but they do yield is five degrees, owing to the presence of observations
On the performance of magazines at the moment:
5 Applied Mathematics and Computation
5 Chaos Solitons and Fractals
-8 Committee shall review periodically (annually) a list of degrees as well as magazines and the amendment to follow up developments.

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  1. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up. Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Control «mafia» International. Arabic or English.

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