nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2018‒03‒05
one paper chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Pros and Cons of the Impact Factor in a Rapidly Changing Digital World By Michael McAleer; Judit Olah; Jozsef Popp

  1. By: Michael McAleer (Asia University, Taiwan; University of Sydney Business School, Australia; Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands); Judit Olah (University of Debrecen, Hungary); Jozsef Popp (University of Debrecen, Hungary)
    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
    JEL: O34 O31 D02
    Date: 2018–02–16

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