Impact factor: Imperfect but not yet replaceable

Newly published article of interest to nurse researchers:

Brody, S. (2013). Impact factor: Imperfect but not yet replaceable. Scientometrics, 96, 255–257. DOI 10.1007/s11192-012-0863-x

Abstract A recent critique of the use of journal impact factors (IF) by Vanclay noted imprecision and misuses of IF. However, the substantial alternatives he suggested offer no clear improvement over IF as a single measure of scholarly impact of a journal, leaving IF as not yet replaceable. Keywords Citation analysis  Impact factor  Peer review

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