Reasons for Journal Impact Factor Changes: Influence of Changing Source Items.

Abstract

Both the concept and the application of the impact factor (IF) have been subject to widespread critique, including concerns over its potential manipulation. This study provides a systematic analysis of significant journal Impact Factor changes, based on the relative contribution of either one or both variables of the IF equation (i.e. citations / articles… (More)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0154199

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