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Well, If We Look at It This Way...

Chris Patil at Ouroboros discusses what makes a journal influential. Impact factors mainly list high-profile journals, and no open-access journals. Citation, Patil says, is only one measure of a paper. He wonders what would be top if the use of a paper could be measured through download number, bookmarking statistics, or sharing. "Doing so reveals that open-access journals may be a good deal more influential," he says.