Understanding Impact Factors

Understanding Impact Factors

Author: ChemViews

Journal impact factors influence not only the publishing industry and libraries, but are also often used to make decisions on research funding and hiring and promotions of scientists.

Citation indices such as the impact factor were first mentioned in 1955 by Eugene Garfield. While they can be useful in some cases, such as helping libraries with purchasing and licensing decisions, they have taken on a life of their own over time. Understanding what they do and do not say about a journal, a researcher, or an article is therefore important for everyone involved in publishing scientific results.


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