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- Journal impact factor and its importance for AFP
van Driel, Mieke L.;
Magin, Parker J.;
Del Mar, Chris B.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Health, School of Medicine and Public Health
- Background: In 2008, Australian Family Physician (AFP) was accepted on the list of journals listed in Science Citation Index Expanded and, thus, will generate an impact factor over the next 2 years. Impact factor is important to authors from research and academic backgrounds and will make AFP an increasingly attractive journal in which to publish. Aim: To describe the impact factor, its method of calculation, and its flaws. Discussion: Impact factor is the number of a journal's cited research papers divided by the total number of citable papers it has published. It is distorted by several different factors: sub-discipline, region, basic versus applied research, and whether the journal editor deliberately tries to strategically increase their impact factor. Conclusion: Impact factor is an oversimplified single measure of 'impact', which may underestimate the contribution of the AFP to society. However, no accepted alternative metric currently exists.
- Australian Family Physician Vol. 37, Issue 9, p. 770-773
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
journal impact factor;
Australian Family Physician (AFP)
- Resource Type
- journal article
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