Does Criticisms Overcome the Praises of Journal Impact Factor?

Does Criticisms Overcome the Praises of Journal Impact Factor?

Masood Fooladi

islamic azad university, mobarakeh branch

Hadi Salehi

Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch

Melor Md Yunus

National University of Malaysia – Faculty of Education

Maryam Farhadi

National University of Malaysia – UKM

Arezoo Aghaei Chadegani

Islamic Azad University; University Kebangsaan Malaysia

Hadi Farhadi

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia-Research Center for Islamic Economics and Finance (EKONIS-UKM)

Nader Ale Ebrahim

Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya

April 27, 2013

Asian Social Science vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 176-182, April 2013.

Journal impact factor (IF) as a gauge of influence and impact of a particular journal comparing with other journals in the same area of research, reports the mean number of citations to the published articles in particular journal. Although, IF attracts more attention and being used more frequently than other measures, it has been subjected to criticisms, which overcome the advantages of IF. Critically, extensive use of IF may result in destroying editorial and researchers’ behaviour, which could compromise the quality of scientific articles. Therefore, it is the time of the timeliness and importance of a new invention of journal ranking techniques beyond the journal impact factor.


Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: Impact factor (IF), Journal ranking, Criticism, Praise, SCOPUS, Web of science, Self-citation

JEL Classification: L1, L11, L7, M11, M12, M1, M54, Q1, O1, O3, Q31, Q32, P24, P42, P29, L17

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Does Criticisms Overcome the Praises of Journal Impact Factor

About Nader Ale Ebrahim

Nader Ale Ebrahim has Technology Management PhD degree from the Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya. He holds a Master of Science in the mechanical engineering from University of Tehran with distinguished honors, as well as more than 17 years experience in the establishing R&D department in different companies, project director and project coordinator and Knowledge based system implemented in R&D department. His current research interests are focused on managing virtual new product development teams in SMEs R&D centers. His papers/articles have presented in the several Journals and conferences. Nader Ale Ebrahim is worldwide well-known as the founder of “Research Tools” Box. "Research Tools" box is designed to help students who seek to reduce the search time by expanding the knowledge of researchers to more effectively use the "tools" that are available through the Net.
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2 Responses to Does Criticisms Overcome the Praises of Journal Impact Factor?

  1. D. P. Dash says:

    Thanks for choosing this topic. As an editor, I have to agree with your comment, “extensive use of IF may result in destroying editorial and researchers’ behaviour . . . ” I think several things might be destroyed, for example: (a) quality-conscious journals/periodicals not yet indexed in the relevant databases, (b) research-based writing in professional and other non-academic outlets, (c) interest in less popular topics or research areas, (d) desire to make scholarly contributions in ways other than publishing, etc. Discussing this issue in a recent editorial, we wrote,

    As Editors, we cannot disregard bibliometric methods . . . despite their limitations. However, we must avoid the temptation of ‘Impact Factor engineering.’ . . . We ought to look out for new multidimensional measures of quality, which go beyond citation analysis.

    This is also a topic for discussion in the Research Practice group on LinkedIn.

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