Do Criticisms Overcome the Praises of Journal Impact Factor?

Research Area: Research Tools Bibliometrics Year: 2013
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Impact factor, Journal ranking, Criticism, Praise, SCOPUS, Web of science, Self-citation
Authors: Fooladi, Masood; Salehi, Hadi; Yunus, Melor Md; Farhadi, Maryam; Aghaei Chadegani, Arezoo; Farhadi, Hadi; Ebrahim, Nader Ale
Journal: Asian Social Science Volume: 9
Number: 5 Pages: 176-182
Month: April 27
ISSN: 1911-2025
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 in particular journal. Although, IF attracts more attention and being used more frequently than other measures, it has been subjected to criticisms, which overcome the advantages of IF. Critically, extensive use of IF may result in destroying editorial and researchers’ behaviour, which could compromise the quality of scientific articles. Therefore, it is the time of the timeliness and importance of a new invention of journal ranking techniques beyond the journal impact factor.

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