The Journal Impact Factor: A brief history, critique, and discussion of adverse effects

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  title={The Journal Impact Factor: A brief history, critique, and discussion of adverse effects},
  author={Vincent Larivi{\`e}re and Cassidy R. Sugimoto},
  booktitle={Springer Handbook of Science and Technology Indicators},
  year={2018}
}
The Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is, by far, the most discussed bibliometric indicator. Since its introduction over 40 years ago, it has had enormous effects on the scientific ecosystem: transforming the publishing industry, shaping hiring practices and the allocation of resources, and, as a result, reorienting the research activities and dissemination practices of scholars. Given both the ubiquity and impact of the indicator, the JIF has been widely dissected and debated by scholars of every… 

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This journal-specific analysis identifies the journal sections, subsections, or both that contain materials likely to be considered scholarly works, and which therefore have the potential to be cited.

Escape from the impact factor

As Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nature, I am concerned by the tendency within acade- mic administrations to focus on a journal's impact factor when judging the worth of scientific contri- butions

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

The results of this analysis point out the potentially delusive effect of IF increases gained through effective shrinkage of publication output, and careful consideration of the details of the IF equation and possible implementation of control mechanisms versus the volatile factor of number of articles may help to improve the expressiveness of this metric.

Is the impact of journal impact factors decreasing?

The paper shows that the commonly used journal impact factor can to some extent be relatively easily manipulated.

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It is shown that in contrast to a common misbelief statistical methods can be applied to discrete "skewed" distributions, and that the statistical reliability of these statistics can be used as a basis for application of journal impact measures in comparative analyses.

History of the journal impact factor: Contingencies and consequences

The paper shows how the various building blocks of the dominant JIF came into being and argues that these building blocks were all constructed fairly arbitrarily or for different purposes than those that govern the contemporary use of the JIF.

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This paper shows that the journal in which papers are published have a strong influence on their citation rates, as duplicate papers published in high impact journals obtain, on average, twice as much citations as their identical counterparts published in journals with lower impact factors.

A simple proposal for the publication of journal citation distributions

It is proposed that this methodology be adopted by all journals as a move to greater transparency, one that should help to refocus attention on individual pieces of work and counter the inappropriate usage of JIFs during the process of research assessment.
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