Sunday, November 25, 2007

Reliability of Journal Impact Factor Rankings

BMC Medical Research Methodology 2007, 7:48 (for provisional full-text - click on the titile)
Journal impact factors and their ranks are used widely by journals, researchers, and research assessment exercises.Decisions placed on journal impact factors are potentially misleading where the uncertainty associated with the measure is ignored. This article proposes that caution should be exercised in the interpretation of journal impact factors and their ranks, and specifically that a measure of uncertainty should be routinely presented alongside the point estimate.
Published: 15 November 2007

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