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The "impact factor" revisited

Peng Dong, Marie Loh, Adrian Mondry
2005 Biomedical Digital Libraries  
The "impact factor" (IF) is the most commonly used assessment aid for deciding which journals should receive a scholarly submission or attention from research readership.  ...  It is also an often misunderstood tool.  ...  Differences across research fields and subject areas Different citing behavior across subject field imposes a bias on the IF.  ... 
doi:10.1186/1742-5581-2-7 pmid:16324222 pmcid:PMC1315333 fatcat:chduvaivtrevdcht4b4bsmsxfu

Modified Impact Factor (MIF) at Specialty Level: A Way Forward

Muhammad Iftikhar, Saima Masood, Tan Tek Song
2012 Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences  
Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is gold standard in the field of bibliometric whether published or perished. Its opposition is mainly because of inter-and intra-disciplinary discrepancies.  ...  For this purpose 10 Top JIF during 2010 from some disciplines of medical & engineering were taken. Then JIF of their branches and specialties were accounted and converted to MIF.  ...  Acknowledgment This work was supported by School of Medicine, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.11.455 fatcat:hlx46jzwevaf3pouwyhjkt2fyy

An assessment system for rating scientific journals in the field of ergonomics and human factors

Jan Dul, Waldemar Karwowski
2004 Applied Ergonomics  
The method is based upon the journal list, impact factors and citations provided by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI), and the journal list published in the Ergonomics Abstracts.  ...  A method for selecting and rating scientific and professional journals representing the discipline of ergonomics and human factors is proposed.  ...  An assessment system…  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2004.03.002 pmid:15145293 fatcat:yv4zdiad5nayjipk3v5ngv3ph4

Measuring the Quality and Impact of Scientific Information. Scientometry Research Using the Web of Science in the Field of Ethics in Medical Recovery [chapter]

Angela Repanovici, Andra Manuela Botez, Marius Stoianovici, Nadinne Roman
2016 Philosophy, communication, media sciences  
and financing bodies as a method for assessing the responsibility and the quality of the scientific research.  ...  Scientometric performance indicators play an important role in evaluating the scientific production of a country which is why international measurement tools have been developed.  ...  The impact factor for journals is essentially an indicator of citations and thus should not be used as an indicator of quality.  ... 
doi:10.22618/tp.pcms.20164.349006 fatcat:dbnmlqa23fgrjoe35eop6imwqi

The evaluation of scientific production: Towards a neutral impact factor

José María Gómez-Sancho, María Jesús Mancebón-Torrubia
2009 Scientometrics  
The use of the impact factor from the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) is quite widespread nowadays to carry out evaluations of all kinds; however, the calculation formula employed by ISI in  ...  order to construct its impact factors biases the results in favour of knowledge fields which are better represented in the sample, cite more in average and whose citations are concentrated in the early  ...  The results obtained indicate that the corrections proposed may drastically change the impacts assigned to each journal by ISI and the differences in impact assigned by ISI for each knowledge field.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s11192-008-2137-1 fatcat:5uowldap7bcbverf2rtrjgri6m

A New Look at the Role of Disciplines in Citation Analysis

A. Rashidi
2012 International journal of information science and management  
The impact factor value is affected by different factors such as subject area, type of documents or length of the citation measurement window.In order to prioritize the choice of quality journals for scientists  ...  in the field who wish to make individual subscription decisions.  ...  Introduction The Impact Factors, as introduced by Garfield (1979) , of about 7500 scientific journals in different specialized disciplines are readily available through the ISI.  ... 
doaj:945eb4878d87474a9a45b2a060c6fd2c fatcat:agmxoxbuujgjfkk33brhvuyhk4

Caveats for the Use of Citation Indicators in Research and Journal Evaluations [article]

Loet Leydesdorff
2009 arXiv   pre-print
An "externally cited impact factor" can be calculated for these journals. The citation impact of non-ISI journals will be demonstrated using Science and Public Policy as the example.  ...  Institutional units of analysis and persons may move between fields or span different specialties.  ...  Acknowledgement I am grateful to Bill Page, the Editor of Science & Public Policy, for providing me with relevant data. I am also grateful to three anonymous referees.  ... 
arXiv:0911.1440v1 fatcat:gqsu3bhg35dmxne3w45d66jmrm

Is the Fever for High Impact a Disadvantage for Systematists?

H A Benítez
2014 Neotropical Entomology  
Acknowledgments I give great gratitude to my colleague Thomas Püschel (University of Manchester) and Héctor Vargas (Universidad de Tarapacá) for the stimulating discussions regarding this topic.  ...  2011 with no results so far, it is an issue that should be revisited in order to make biological science equal when applying for project and research funds.  ...  However, there are also other journals with very high impact per subject and "fast" review process too, which makes them appealing for publication.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s13744-014-0217-x pmid:27193806 fatcat:h22cgj2zznfztn34ia6cg5cesa

Does Criticisms Overcome The Praises Of Journal Impact Factor

Nader Ale Ebrahim نادر آل ابراهیم, Hadi Farhadi, Nader Ale Ebrahim نادر آل ابراهیم
2017 Zenodo  
Journal impact factor (IF) as a gauge of influence and impact of a particular journal comparing with other journals in the same area of research, reports the mean number of citations to the published articles  ...  Therefore, it is the time of the timeliness and importance of a new invention of journal ranking techniques beyond the journal impact factor.  ...  Impact Factor One of the most important product of ISI is the journal impact factor (IF), which is first designed by Eugene Garfield.  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.268125 fatcat:tarpay7vj5aj7hazslgf77tznq

Normalized impact factor (NIF): An adjusted method for calculating the citation rate of biomedical journals

P. Owlia, M. Vasei, B. Goliaei, I. Nassiri
2011 Journal of Biomedical Informatics  
The constants were calculated for all 54 disciplines of biomedical field during 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 years.  ...  In this study, normalized impact factor (NIF) was introduced as a relatively simple method enabling the JIFs to be used when evaluating the quality of journals and research works in different disciplines  ...  Acknowledgment This work was supported by Iran's Ministry of Health, Treatment & Medical Education.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.jbi.2010.11.002 pmid:21078409 fatcat:moyfhu5qyjhubhjorj3gs5cmsu

Rigor, Impact and Prestige: A Proposed Framework for Evaluating Scholarly Publications

Richard E. West, Peter J. Rich
2012 Innovative Higher Education  
In this article, we explore the perils of evaluating journals based on a single quantitative measure (e.g., Institute for Science Information's Impact Factor rating).  ...  We then discuss key considerations for evaluating scholarship, including three main criteria: rigor, impact, and prestige.  ...  Discrepancy between relative ISI impact factor scores for different fields of study.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10755-012-9214-3 fatcat:klqbyb75vfe75gtc4jnu24tokm

A global map of science based on the ISI subject categories

Loet Leydesdorff, Ismael Rafols
2009 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  
and reliable on a large scale albeit imprecise in terms of the attribution of journals to the ISI subject categories.  ...  Exploratory factor analysis of the matrix of subject categories suggests a 14-factor solution. This solution could be interpreted as the disciplinary structure of science.  ...  Acknowledgment We are grateful for suggestions and remarks of a number of anonymous referees. References  ... 
doi:10.1002/asi.20967 fatcat:6cssd4wldzbltnbnl3d26qvgo4

How fractional counting of citations affects the impact factor: Normalization in terms of differences in citation potentials among fields of science

Loet Leydesdorff, Lutz Bornmann
2010 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  
The Impact Factors (IFs) of the Institute for Scientific Information suffer from a number of drawbacks, among them the statistics-Why should one use the mean and not the median?  ...  -and the incomparability among fields of science because of systematic differences in citation behavior among fields.  ...  Acknowledgment We are grateful to Tobias Opthof, Ludo Waltman, and two anonymous referees for communications about previous drafts.  ... 
doi:10.1002/asi.21450 fatcat:t6uypx42y5ei3jamecxtwmv5ua

Journal Self-Citation II: The Quest for High Impact – Truth and Consequences?

Clyde W. Holsapple
2009 Communications of the Association for Information Systems  
We conclude that use of JIFs in university decision making should be undertaken only with great caution, alternative decision inputs should be considered, and that judging the impact of a specific article  ...  It appears that these issues are rarely understood or pondered by those in the information systems world who adopt JIFs for such decisionsat least not in an overt way.  ...  An impact factor is a number assigned to a journal by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI), part of the Science Business Unit of Thomson Reuters.  ... 
doi:10.17705/1cais.02502 fatcat:hfvbnoddrvezlga43niaebayni

Hard Impact: Journal Impact Factor and JMT

David H. Jang, Daniel E. Rusyniak
2011 Journal of Medical Toxicology  
It is possible, for instance, for the top journal within one field to have a lower impact than the bottom journal in a different field [2] .  ...  So while it may be nice to be included amongst the journals that ISI reports JIFs for, it is not an impact factor that will define the success of our journal.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s13181-011-0171-5 pmid:21826571 pmcid:PMC3550183 fatcat:efy2dhtxgzegncrpxbb7vi6l2a
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