So come 1972, he had devised JIF as a measure of the short-term average citation rate of papers published in a journal.
Today, controversy reigns and the mighty JIF remains a hotbed of intense discussion.
Journal impact factor (JIF
) is one of the measures most commonly used and misused.
Usage statistics, unlike JIFs
and citations, can measure an article's use not only by scholars but also by a lay audience.
, as influence measures for journals, have several shortcomings, including the following:
Librarians and administrators in academia use and misuse JIFs
. Impact factors were created to assess how journals are affecting research in a field by examining how often articles are subsequently referenced in other studies.
Some respondents associated high JIFs
with better dissemination of research and perceived value of journals, both of which they believed to be beneficial to career advancement.
The current study sought to determine if attributes of articles and journals are associated with JIFs
. If the JIF
is a measure of quality, then attributes other than citation counts relating to the quality and relevance of an article should have positive associations with and contribute to explaining variation in JIFs
In contrast to journal-level metrics like the JIF
and author-level metrics like the h-index, the RCR is an article-level metric.
Each year Acta Dermatovenerol APA's predicted JIF
was calculated in a way to match the official JIF
published annually in Thomson Scientific Journal Citation Reports (3).
Applying the journal impact factor (JIF
) as proxy for the quality of individual authors is both misleading and unethical.
An editorial in Nature Neuroscience noted a study that suggested that this tool provides an excellent correlation with JIF
in the field of neuroscience .