Greetings, this is Emily, and I’d like to welcome you to this uni-edit video. Impact Factor-the most common rankings for impact factor journals- What is impact factor? Academic impact factor journals are ranked according to a metric called the impact factor. This metric is a measure of the annual citations for that impact factor journal versus the number of papers in the impact factor journals. Throughout academian impact factor journals adopt the impact factor as a way of ranking the ‘importance’ of an impact factor journal, and thus, the research that it publishes. Higher impact factor impact factor journals are considered more important than impact factor journals with a lower impact factor. How is the impact factor of an impact factor journal calculated? Specifically, for any given year, by the number of citations an impact factor journal received for the preceding two years is divided by the number of published papers for those preceding two years. Therefore, the more citations an impact factor journal receives relative to the number of papers that it publishes the higher the impact factor. Within science, for example, the impact factor journals Nature and Science had the highest impact factors of thirty eight point one three eight and thirty four point six six one respectively for the Year 2015. Impact factors cannot be compared across different fields of research Impact factors are exclusive to the field of research. That is, Impact Factors of ecology impact factor journals are on a separate scale from impact factors for saying mechanical engineering impact factor journals. However, impact factors within a field of research are comparable across sub-fields, and complementary fields due to the scope of work an impact factor journal publishes. For example, research on spatial ecosystems modeling and modeling isotope pathways and freshwater food webs could, theoretically, be published in similar impact factor journals and thus share the same impact factor. Impact Factor is practical but not perfect. The impact factor remains a controversial issue due to its subjective nature. However, it currently offers a practical means of maintaining the high quality and integrity of academic publishing.
Authors are incentivized to publish in high impact factor impact factor journals because those impact factor journals have stringent acceptance policies, and thus, present a valuable resource sink that is both highly read and cited by academics and non-academics alike. Alternative ways of ranking impact factor journals are becoming more common such as the methods used by cite source. Additionally, some predatory companies create false impact factors in order to legitimize their Impact factor journals. These false impact factors are produced by companies not affiliated with impact factor journal citation reports in order to validate the legitimacy of an impact factor. Consult the impact factor journals citation reports master impact factor journal list. Practical example for life sciences Within the life sciences, publishing companies of academic impact factor journal list up-to-date information of available impact factor journals. according to sub-discipline on their websites for example, Springer and Elsevier. Within each sub-discipline authors can follow links to individual impact factor journals home pages where they can browse for information on the impact factor journal scope, the editorial board, and instructions for authors. Practical example for mathematics One way of measuring impact is the mathematics citation quotient of an impact factor journal. You can use the search engine AMS org to check the citation factor of a specific impact factor journal. Note that this engine requires a subscription which you might be able to access through your University. Some impact factor journals may also list their results on their website. Once again, this is Emily from uni-edit. Have a wonderful day!.