What is Impact Factor?

What is Impact Factor?

The impact factor (IF) is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year. It is used to measure the importance or rank of a journal by calculating the times it's articles are cited. The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year.

Impact Factor

Ways to Measure Impact :

 

There are various tools and methods upon which to measure the impact :

  • h-index
  • Citation Analysis
  • Altmetrics
  • Impact Factor

 

What is Citation Analysis ?

 

Citation Analysis is the process whereby the impact /quality of an article of the researcher is assessed by counting the number of times other authors mention their names or work in their work. The Author has to look in multiple databases to find all the possible cited references.

The number of resources that identify the cited works are :

  • Web of Science
  • Scopus
  • Google Scholar and other

 

Web of Science

Web of Science also known as Web of Knowledge is an online subscription based scientific indexing service produced by Institute for Scientific Information recently maintained by Clarivate Analytics.

Create Account on the below site for Web of Science Account

 

Scopus

Scopus is the other world’s largest abstract and citation database with 22,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers. Researcher can freely lookup to any Scopus author profile. Scopus is developed by Elsevier.

You can register on Scopus or Visit Scopus.com

 

Google Scholar

Google has been always the best for the world. Especially for the World Wide Web. Google provide Google Scholar for Citations. It is a simple way to keep track of the citation of an article. Researcher can check who is citing the publication, graph citations and compute several citation metrics.

Google Scholar Account

 

Databases containing limited citation counts :

  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
  • CSA Illumina Databases
  • EBSCOhost Databases
  • EMBASE
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Direct
  • SciFinder Scholar

 

About the H-index

 

The h-index is an index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output. The h-index is based on the set of the researcher's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other people's publications.

Find h-index at :

  • Web of Science
  • Scopus
  • Google Scholar and other