Scientists from USC and Research 2.0 Launch 'March Metrics'
March 5, 2013 -- As college basketball prepares for March Madness, scientists from the USC School of Pharmacy and the Research 2.0 initiative are launching 'March Metrics' -- the first open competition to recognize the world's most impactful researchers.
Scientists who enter the month-long competition via the 'March Metrics' website www.marchmetrics.com will have their research measured across a broad range of objective metrics (both traditional and digital), from journal impact factor to social media buzz. The scientists deemed to have the most impactful research will be named 'March Metrics World Champion 2013,' and generate widespread exposure for their findings. Competition data from the winner as well as all runners-up will be posted openly online for anyone to see and analyze, so there will be a permanent online record of each researcher's achievements.
"Competition is the fuel that drives innovation," said Llewellyn Cox, PhD (@LlewellynCox), program administrator for research at the USC School of Pharmacy, and founder of Research2.0. "We want to create an environment that gives scientists a taste of the same competitive spirit and excitement that drives college athletics."
Dr. Cox went on to explain how March Metrics combines a broad range of research metrics in order to give the most holistic view possible of research productivity for any scientist around the world.
"March Metrics promotes the Research2.0 philosophy, which asserts there are no 'one size fits all' answers in a diverse discovery economy," he added.
March Metrics is open to all researchers, including college students, graduate students postdocs, faculty and citizen scientists. The competition is 'open access,' so all metrics are publicly available. No competitor has an inherent advantage based on location, institution, journal subscriptions, academic credentials, etc. The competition measures output data for scientific activity objectively, independent of any traditional "prestige points."
More information about the rules and scoring system is available at www.marchmetrics.com.