Garfield spoke out against the use of the impact factor as a shorthand way to rank publications, researchers, or institutions—a practice simultaneously decried and used by many.
“He preached against that forever,” Pendlebury said.
“No matter how important he became, he always had time for everybody,” Meher Garfield, Eugene Garfield’s wife of more than a decade, told as a trade publication for working scientists.
“He had this idea that science really needed a readable, engaging, often argumentative publication that didn’t also publish original research and could take a step back and look at policy,” said Oransky.
“He will be greatly missed.” Garfield founded the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in 1955.
In addition to the ISI’s Science Citation Index, a system used to chart connections between pieces of scientific literature that later became accessible electronically via the Web of Science, Garfield launched .I would like to share this recognition with my advisor Professor Chaomei Chen at Drexel University for his excellent advising and inspirational support.He is also my scientific role model because he always has a passion for science and ambition to make nontrivial contributions.After an extensive review process of the submissions for the award, the members of the committee: Birgir Larsen, Kevin Boyack, Cinzia Daraio and Jacqueline Leta decided to grant Cathelijn Waaijer for her submission: ' Academic careers systems: The most important factor in academic research is not infrastructure, but people'.Honourable mention for Zohreh Zahedi Because of the high quality of the candidates in 2015 the committee moreover decided to confer this year a honourable mention to Zohreh Zahedi for her submission: ' Possibilities and feasibility of using ‘altmetric’ measurements (social media metrics) in research evaluation' by Ronald Rousseau (chairman of the committee).Sean Burns, an assistant professor of information science at the University of Kentucky whose Ph D research was supported in part by a Beta Phi Mu/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. He went on to devise the journal impact factor, a statistical framework for quantifying the reach of a particular journal in the scientific community based on citations of its publications.“His work enabled information retrieval to scale up. Garfield himself was wary of potential misuse of journal impact factors, which Pendlebury said were initially used internally at ISI to identify the best journals to index.“We all deeply respected him, and knew that none of us would have been there without him.” “Everything he did, he was ahead of everybody in so many ways,” said Vitek Tracz, the publisher of . Not only because he had this incredible imagination and brain, but he had incredible tenacity and courage.” “There is still an important place for a publication that addresses issues such as tenure, science policy, ethics, and funding while covering key research findings and scientists who may escape the notice of traditional scientific journals,” Garfield wrote in an editorial for ’s Editor in Chief Mary Beth Aberlin.“More than 30 years later, it is an honor to carry on his legacy.” Garfield is survived by his wife, Meher, three sons, a daughter, a step-daughter, two granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren. He never became arrogant with his success,” Meher said. No more than six recipients are selected for this prestigious award each year. candidate has been awarded a 2018 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship by Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.