Author Impact Factor: tracking the dynamics of individual scientific impact

  title={Author Impact Factor: tracking the dynamics of individual scientific impact},
  author={Raj Kumar Pan and Santo Fortunato},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
The impact factor (IF) of scientific journals has acquired a major role in the evaluations of the output of scholars, departments and whole institutions. Typically papers appearing in journals with large values of the IF receive a high weight in such evaluations. However, at the end of the day one is interested in assessing the impact of individuals, rather than papers. Here we introduce Author Impact Factor (AIF), which is the extension of the IF to authors. The AIF of an author A in year t is… 
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