The weakening relationship between the impact factor and papers' citations in the digital age

  title={The weakening relationship between the impact factor and papers' citations in the digital age},
  author={George A. Lozano and Vincent Larivi{\`e}re and Yves Gingras},
Historically, papers have been physically bound to the journal in which they were published; but in the digital age papers are available individually, no longer tied to their respective journals. Hence, papers now can be read and cited based on their own merits, independently of the journal's physical availability, reputation, or impact factor (IF). We compare the strength of the relationship between journals' IFs and the actual citations received by their respective papers from 1902 to 2009… 

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