Impact factor 2002--too much "impact"?

Bevan, David
April 2004
Clinical & Investigative Medicine;Apr2004, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p65
Academic Journal
The impact factor has a long history It was established in the 1960s to help in the selection of journals for inclusion in a comprehensive index to the scientific literature, the Science Citation Index. The impact factor (IF) is a measure of the average citation frequency in a given year's scientific literature of the articles published in a particular journal during the preceding 2 years. Thus, the IF provides an assessment of the utility of a journal after correcting for frequency of publication, number of articles in each journal, etc., considered to be an index of quality, it has been used by libraries limiting their collections because of financial cutbacks, and by governments and universities as the basis for continued funding. Funding agencies have used the IFs of the journals in which their supported work is published as an index of scientific success.


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