Beyond the Impact Factor
What is it about?
Measuring the 'quality' or 'impact; of scholarly journals is much debated – with no metric more debated that the Journal Impact Factor. This article, while not discounting the value of impact factors, argues for context and using a range of diversified measures.
Why is it important?
Publishers, their journals, and researchers all have an interest in publication quality and impact. Understanding the underpinning methodology of indicators and an appreciation of a more holistic approach to measures of 'quality' helps prevent over-reliance on single measures, misapplication of those measures, and may lead to a more robust evaluation methodology.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Ian Potter