Why do statistics journals have low impact factors?

  title={Why do statistics journals have low impact factors?},
  author={Erjen van Nierop},
  journal={Statistica Neerlandica},
In this paper, we answer the question why statistics journals get lower impact factors than journals in other disciplines. We analyze diffusion patterns of papers in several journals in various academic fields. To obtain insights into the diffusion of the citation counts of the papers, the data are analysed with the Bass model, leading to values for the time‐to‐peak that can be used to compare the speeds of diffusion paper citations of the different disciplines. Estimation results show that for… 

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The Impact Factor of a journal reflects the frequency with which the journal's articles are cited in the scientific literature. It provides a quantitative tool for ranking, evaluating, categorizing