Eugene Garfield, Ph.D., who served as a member of Research!America’s board from 2001 to 2010, and as an Emeritus Director until his death February 26, will be remembered as the “father” of the impact factor, a key metric in journal publishing.
An information scientist, Garfield pioneered scientometrics, the quantitative study of scientific literature. His work led to the creation of citation databases including the Web of Science.
Garfield was also the founding supporter of Research!America’s Garfield Economic Impact Award, established in 2002, to recognize outstanding research that demonstrated the economic impact of medical and health research.
In 1986, Garfield founded The Scientist, a news magazine tailored for science professionals, which covers a range of topics central to the life sciences. The Scientist’s Editor in Chief Mary Beth Aberlin said that Garfield established The Scientist as a ‘labor of love,’ and more than 30 years later, “it is an honor to carry on his legacy.”
H. Carton Rogers III, vice provost and director of libraries at the University of Pennsylvania, shared in a statement to The Scientist, “He was an amazing character whose influence on information science, writ large, can’t be underestimated.”