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Understanding the Impact Factor

The impact factor has for a long time been a measure of journal prestige. Most authors wish to publish their papers in the so called high impact journals, even though it…
Melinda Kenneway and Charlie Rapple are co-founders of Kudos, a web-based service that helps various researchers, institutions, funders, and publishers maximize the…
The very words “Impact Factor” can send a shiver of fear through the spines of many journal editors as they contemplate the next number their journals will receive. Yet…
Just as the impact factor of a journal is one measure of the journal’s standing, prestige, or impact, the h-index is a measure of a scientist’s impact. This article…
What is the 'h-index'?
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This article delves a little deeper into the fallacies of the impact factor and points that you should consider when using it.
Why you should not use the journal impact factor to evaluate research
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All researchers have heard about the impact factor. Read to learn what you may not know about the impact factor. Other measures of journal quality are now available as…
Although the impact factor is the oldest and, arguably, the most widely used citation metric, it has lost some of its former glory. In recent years, the impact factor…