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Juan Miguel Campanario Departamento de Física, Edificio de Ciencias, Universidad de Alcalá, 28871, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain

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Jesús Carretero Departamento de Física, Edificio de Ciencias, Universidad de Alcalá, 28871, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain

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Vera Marangon Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad de Alcalá, 28807, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain

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Antonio Molina Departamento de Física, Edificio de Ciencias, Universidad de Alcalá, 28871, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain

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Germán Ros Departamento de Física, Edificio de Ciencias, Universidad de Alcalá, 28871, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain

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Abstract

We studied the effect on journal impact factors (JIF) of citations from documents labeled as articles and reviews (usually peer reviewed) versus citations coming from other documents. In addition, we studied the effect on JIF of the number of citing records. This number is usually different from the number of citations. We selected a set of 700 journals indexed in the SCI section of JCR that receive a low number of citations. The reason for this choice is that in these instances some citations may have a greater impact on the JIF than in more highly-cited journals. After excluding some journals for different reasons, our sample consisted of 674 journals. We obtained data on citations that contributed to the JIF for the years 1998–2006. In general, we found that most journals obtained citations that contribute to the impact factor from documents labeled as articles and reviews. In addition, in most of journals the ratio between citations that contributed to the impact factor and citing records was greater than 80% in all years. Thus, in general, we did not find evidence that citations that contributed to the impact factor were dependent on non-peer reviewed documents or only a few citing records.

  • Andrade, A, González-Jonte, R, Campanario, JM 2009 Journals that increase their impact factor at least fourfold in a few years: The role of journal self-citations. Scientometrics 80 2 515528 .

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  • Archambault, E, Larivière, V 2009 History of the journal impact factor: Contingencies and consequences. Scientometrics 79:635649 .

  • Campanario, JM, Gonzalez, L 2006 Journal self-citations that contribute to the impact factor: Documents labeled “editorial material” in journals covered by the Science Citation Index. Scientometrics 69:365386 .

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  • Campanario, JM, Gonzalez, L, Rodriguez, C 2006 Structure of the impact factor of academic journals in the field of Education and Educational Psychology: Citations from editorial board members. Scientometrics 69:3756 .

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  • Campanario, JM, Molina, A 2009 Surviving bad times: The role of citations, self-citations and numbers of citable items in recovery of the journal impact factor after at least four years of continuous decreases. Scientometrics 81 3 859864 .

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  • Christensen, FH, Ingwersen, P, Wormell, I 1997 Online determination of the journal impact factor and its international properties. Scientometrics 40:529540 .

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  • Glänzel, W, Moed, HF 2002 Journal impact measures in bibliometric research. Scientometrics 53:171193 .

  • Golubic, R, Rudes, M, Kovacic, N, Marusic, M, Marusic, A 2008 Calculating impact factor: How bibliographical classification of journal items affects the impact factor of large and small journals. Science and Engineering Ethics 14:4149 .

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  • Gonzalez, L, Campanario, JM 2007 Structure of the impact factor of journals included in the Social Sciences Citation Index: Citations from documents labeled “editorial material”. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 58:252262 .

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  • Rossner, M H van Epps Hill, E 2007 Show me the data. Journal of Cell Biology 179:10911092 .

  • Rossner, M H van Epps Hill, E 2008 Irreproducible results: a response to Thomson Scientific. Journal of Cell Biology 180:254255 .

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Scientometrics
Language English
Size B5
Year of
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1978
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1
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12
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ISSN 0138-9130 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2861 (Online)