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Workshops and conferences


HES-NYC 2019 session(s) on “Factoring ‘Impact’ in H.E.T.”

Columbia University, New York City, June 20-23, 2019

The decision of Clarivate Analytics, publisher of Journal Citation Reports, to suppress its 2-year impact factors for History of Economic Ideas, the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, and the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought has sparked protest from some of our scholarly community’s prominent gatekeepers (https://historyofeconomics.org/jhet-and-ejhet-editors-appeal-against-impact-factor-suppression/) among others.

Besides protesting, historians of economics may see fit to subject the decision and related questions to scholarly treatment. Questions include:

How did bibliometrics start being used for measuring article and journal “impact” in different places and scholarly communities?
What do the statistics known as “impact factors” measure? What are the alternatives for measuring academic impact in general, or the impact of any written piece?
Why did a 2-year impact factor – viz. “Journal Impact Factor (Journal Citation Reports, Clarivate Analytics),” as Clarivate wishes it to be cited – become the predominant measure of impact? Is it meaningful apart from its predominance? Is it any more or less so for the history of economics than for other scholarly fields?
How does the widespread use of impact factors affect professional incentives in academe and how do individuals and scholarly communities respond, for better or worse?
In particular, how do authors and journal editors in the field of history of economics respond? How should they?
Short papers addressing these questions are solicited for purposes of staging one or two sessions at the History of Economics Society annual conference at Columbia University, New York City, June 20-23, 2019, and composing a prospective journal minisymposium.

 

Papers should be up to 4,000 words. An extended abstract of 500 words is requested by December 28, 2018 and a full draft by April 1, 2019. Early expressions of interest are welcome. Communications may be sent to the session organizers, José Edwards (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile: josedwar@hotmail.com) and Stephen Meardon (Texas A&M International University, USA: s.meardon@mailfence.com).

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