Friday, July 25, 2008

Journal Impact Factors

I recently came across this interesting service from Journal Citation Report (JCR) on journal impact factors. According to their website “JCR provides quantitative tools for evaluating journals. The impact factor is one of these; it is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a given period of time.

The impact factor for a journal is calculated based on a three-year period, and can be considered to be the average number of times published papers are cited up to two years after publication. For example, the impact factor 2008 for a journal would be calculated as follows:

A = the number of times articles published in 2006-7 were cited in indexed journals during 2008

B = the number of articles, reviews, proceedings or notes published in 2006-7

impact factor 2008 = A/B”

It will be interesting to see if journals in the field of international education will participate in this.

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