Answered By: Kelsey Hensler
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2023     Views: 6

Impact factors are used to measure the importance of a journal by calculating the number of times selected articles are cited within the last few years. The higher the impact factor, the more highly ranked the journal. It is one tool you can use to compare journals in a subject category. MD Anderson staff can search Journal Citation Reports to find the latest impact factors.

Does an impact factor indicate quality?

Impact factors are useful, but they should not be the only consideration when judging quality. Not all journals are tracked in the JCR database and, as a result, do not have impact factors. New journals must wait until they have a record of citations before even being considered for inclusion. The scientific worth of an individual article has nothing to do with the impact factor of a journal.

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