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Understanding Impact Factor Video

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 its articles are cited.

How Impact Factor is Calculated?

The calculation is based on a two-year period and involves dividing the number of times articles were cited by the number of articles that are citable.

Calculation for Journal Impact Factor

A = Total Cites in 2015

B = 2015 cites to articles published in 2013-2014 (this is a subset of A)

C = number of articles published in 2013-2014

D = B/C = 2015 impact factor


Calculation for Five-Year Impact Factor

A = citations in 2015 to articles published 2010-2014

B = articles published in 1010-2014

C = A/B = five-year impact factor

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

"The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a publicly available portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains. Journals can be compared or analysed separately. Country rankings may also be compared or analysed separately. Journals can be grouped by subject area (27 major thematic areas), subject category (309 specific subject categories) or by country. Citation data is drawn from over 34,100 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers and country performance metrics from 239 countries worldwide."

SCImago, (n.d.). SJR — SCImago Journal & Country Rank [Portal]. Retrieved Date you Retrieve, from