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Saturday, January 14, 2006

The "impact factor" revisited

Biomedical Digital Libraries | Full text | The "impact factor" revisited

Having previously considered the role of impact factors for [nursing] journals, particularly in relation to the UKs Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), I was interested to see this paper (Dong, P., Loh, M. & Mondry, A. 2005 The "impact factor" revisited Biomedical Digital Libraries 2005, 2:7 doi:10.1186/1742-5581-2-7) which explains how the Impact Factor (IF) is calculated, how bias is introduced into the calculation, which questions the IF can or cannot answer, and how different professional groups can benefit from IF use, in the light of the growing volume of scientific journals.

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