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

Michael McAleer, Judit Oláh and József Popp
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Judit Oláh: Faculty of Economics and Business Institute of Applied Informatics and Logistics University of Debrecen, Hungar.
József Popp: Faculty of Economics and Business Institute of Sectoral Economics and Methodology University of Debrecen, Hungary.

No 2018-06, Documentos de Trabajo del ICAE from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico

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.

Keywords: Impact Factor; Quality of research; Pros and Cons; Implications; Digital world; Editorial policies; Open access online publishing; SCIE; SSCI. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O34 O31 D02 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ict, nep-pay and nep-sog
Date: 2018-01
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