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Last Updated: Apr 03, 2023     Views: 240

The Impact Factor (IF) is frequently used as an indicator of the importance of a journal to its field.

  • Impact Factors aim to gauge and demonstrate a journal’s contribution to research within the academic community.
  • The IF determines rank and importance by calculating the number of times articles from a journal have been cited in a particular year [1].
  • The higher the number of citations or articles coming from a particular journal, or impact factor, the higher it is ranked.
  • Impact Factor is also an excellent tool for comparing journals in the subject category.
  • It is often used by universities and funding bodies to decide on where to publish, for promotion or hire, and grant applications [2].

 For further information, contact your School Librarian or refer to the Metrics Subject Guide.

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