Sudden Impact

Every journal editor likes their publication to have a high impact factor, but things might be getting out of hand, writes publishing consultant Phil Davis at the academic publishing blog The Scholarly Kitchen.

Impact factor is a measure of a journal's influence devised and tracked by Thompson Reuters, and among the metrics including in calculating impact factor is the number of times a journal's articles are cited by other papers.

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