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Pros and cons of the impact factor in a rapidly changing digital world

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McAleer, Michael and Oláh, Judit and Popp, József (2018) Pros and cons of the impact factor in a rapidly changing digital world. [ Documentos de Trabajo del Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico (ICAE); nº 06, 2018, ISSN: 2341-2356 ]

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Abstract

The purpose of the paper is to present arguments for and against the use of the Impact Factor (IF) in a rapidly changing digital world. The paper discusses the calculation of IF, as well as the pros and cons of IF. Editorial policies that affect IF are examined, and the merits of open access online publishing are presented. Scientific quality and the IF dilemma are analysed, and alternative measures of impact and quality are evaluated. The San Francisco declaration on research assessment is also discussed.


Item Type:Working Paper or Technical Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Impact Factor, Quality of research, Pros and Cons, Implications, Digital world, Editorial policies, Open access online publishing, SCIE, SSCI.
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Economic development
JEL:O34, O31, D02
Series Name:Documentos de Trabajo del Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico (ICAE)
Volume:2018
Number:06
ID Code:46456
Deposited On:14 Feb 2018 12:53
Last Modified:14 Feb 2018 12:53

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