The impact factor (IF) is commonly used to compare different journals within a certain field, with journals with higher impact factors deemed to be more important than those with lower ones.

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Could StackExchange be used to “do” open science? [on hold]

The Q&A sites on StackExchange are a great platform for gathering knowledge about a multitude of things. In my eyes, the reputation system does an excellent job when it comes to rating questions ...
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Is it wise (and common) to publish in a peer-reviewed journal without an impact factor to prevent impairement of one's own mean impact factor?

I recently found out that a team of colleagues published in a journal without impact factor, though peer-reviewed. According to my supervisor this happens sometimes when the study cannot be published ...
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Is it ok to list reviewing experience in a resume when you don't have a PhD?

A friend of mine is has an appointment as research staff without any postgraduate degree, let alone a PhD. However, she has years of research experience and has single-handedly reviewed impact factor ...
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What are some formal methods in measuring socio-economic impact or broader impact of research topic or individual research papers?

One of the major criteria for NSF grant are "broader impacts" (likewise with other funding agencies). In recent years, Altmetrics and similar tools and indexes have been devised to measure impact ...
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When should I publish in interdisciplinary versus subject-specific scientific journals?

Most science research is published in subject-specific journals, of which there are many. However, there are a relatively small number of interdisciplinary journals, some of which are the most highly ...
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Is joining a lab that publishes infrequently, but in high impact factor venues, bad for academic career?

I am accepted into the PhD program at my local university. My interests match the interests of many labs there. The lab that I am interested in has hard working people but do not publish often because ...
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how to find highly cited articles in journals with low impact factor?

Journals with high IF get more attention, so might get "better" articles. However I am interested in finding papers published in minor journals that have a high number of citations, say >100. I can't ...
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Figures of Merit (Erdős number) in Resume/CV

I've noticed recently that colleagues, friends, and others seeking employment, have shown, among other things, their Erdős number on their resume/CV. I've also seen some put down their h-index, or ...
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“Anomalous citation patterns” as exclusion criteria in Journal Citation Reports (aka Impact Factor)

Can someone explain how these "anomalous citation patterns" are identified in JCR and what they mean exactly? They sound like the academic version of link farms that Google has to fight against.
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How to get list of journals in a discipline within a specified range of impact factors?

I am looking for journals about A with impact factor between X and Y. Is there any way to find that on IEEE web site?
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Which quantitative metrics are there of the quality and prestige of journals, and how do they compare?

I have seen several different metrics that are applied for ranking journals: Impact Factor, SJR, and H-index. Which of these is the most useful and robust for comparisons with respect to the quality ...
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What is Cumulative Impact Index of a journal?

I recently came across the term "Cumulative Impact Index". I came to know about it here, which includes the statement, "publication of 5 International Journal papers, each Journal having a cumulative ...
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What is the relationship between impact factor and journal ranking

As a second year graduate student, it's become increasingly difficult for me to figure out what journals are the most prestigious. My research is very interdisciplinary, and so journals from many ...
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Is there a web service that receives a reference and returns the impact factor?

Is there a web service that I can send a bibtex entry and receive an impact factor? e.g. http://magicalsite.com/query.php?json={MY_BIBTEX} returns: { 'IF':37.65 } So I figured it out... I ...
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How do I know the impact factor of a certain journal is true? [duplicate]

I am new in publishing, I have never published a paper, and nowaday there are too many online journals. That made me suspicious about their reputation, and it is not easy for me as a beginner in ...
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Is there an independent oversight body of Journal Impact Factors?

I ask this question more out of curiosity rather than any need for the answer. I have read many questions on this site that relate to Journal impact factors, for example, in relation to how that may ...
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Impact Factor vs 5-year Impact Factor

In ISI Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Report, we can find any journal Impact Factor (IF) and 5-Years Impact Factor (IF5), which is, as far as I get it, the Impact Factor over the last 5 years ...
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How and why did the top journals become top journals?

Journals like Nature and Science have impressive impact factors. How and why did these top journals become top journals? Why are they able to sustain their statuses?
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Is it important to publish my article in a journal indexed on Thomson ISI?

If a journal is not indexed this way, is it an academically honorable one?
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Should I include impact factors / number of citations in publication list? [duplicate]

I am writing a grant application for a post-doctoral fellowship, and I need to provide a publication list. In the list of papers published in peer-reviewed journals, I wonder if I should include the ...
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What are the super cool tricks to getting published in high impact journals?

Hello and good day to you all (bow)! I am starting a post-doc in Cognitive Neuroscience and I am interested in publishing my work in high impact journals (Nature, Science, Behavioral and Brain ...
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High impact journals GIS and Remote Sensing

I am searching for Journals in the area of GIS and Remote Sensing in agriculture and water management, with a high impact factor. It is important that these journals pay authors for their articles ... ...
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Are alternative metrics taken seriously by hiring committies?

Knowing that there are some members of hiring committees here, I am hoping for some insights. Having read Rise of Altmetrics, I started to wonder what would be the best way to measure the impact on ...
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Journals selection - alternative criteria to impact factor

While trying to select the journals I can submit my present work and future work, I realize the time between the date the authors send the article to the journal and when the revised article is ...
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What is the effect of a journal going open-access on its impact factor?

I recently saw this reasonably interesting graphic regarding journals and open access. As many of you know, there is a large discussion about open access. It appears to be most strong within ...
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Strategy for submission of articles to highly ranked journals

I am working on a research project that all total will probably end up lasting about 2 years. As the research progresses, I am writing articles about each new discovery/study, with each article ...
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How do I get published in Nature or Science?

I'm a fairly new chemical engineering graduate student. I've been doing research for one semester so far (in molecular dynamics) and in the process have learned about journals and "impact factor" (a ...
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why is the impact factor of mathematical journals “often” lower than the impact factor of journals in other disciplines

I was always wondering why is the impact factor of mathematical journals "often" lower than the impact factor of journals in other disciplines? I come up with some guesses that I would like to know ...
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Are there Conference Proceedings that have impact factor?

In Medicine, an Impact Factor of a journal is important indicator (IF) of journal quality. Are there examples of conference proceedings that have a formal IF figure computed?
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Where to find journal impact factors stripped of self-citation?

Where can I find a database of impact factors where self-citation has been removed? A journal's self-citations are defined as those citations by that journal's papers towards other papers in the same ...
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How should a researcher manage the fact that Impact factors change over time?

Impact factors of journals are one the most commonly use indicator of their quality. As a consequence when someone is looking for a journal in which publish his results, the highest the impact factor, ...
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Are academic indicators (h-index, impact factor, etc) really adopted by institutions? Currently used? And how?

Academic indicators (h-index, impact factor, modified h-indexes, etc) have a long string of criticism by academics and not (see here, here or here). Instead of debating (endlessly) on how "not ...
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Towards a Stackexchange-like comment/reputation system for research papers

We have had quite a few discussions on how to gauge the quality of research papers and academic journals. The consensus is that it is tough to identify a single metric which could reveal this quality ...