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Altmetrics: Another dimension of research impact

revised altmetricsAltmetrics stand for “alternative metrics.” In real sense however, they are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. The metrics are becoming widely used in academia as evidence of influence for promotion and tenure and in applying for grants. They capture online interactions with a piece of research.  The sources of the metrics are for example Wikipedia, public policy documents, discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter. For more information on the subject click here

Journal Impact Factor

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What is IF?

Impact Factor (IF) is used to measure the importance of a journal by calculating the average number of citations to recent articles published in the journal. IFs are useful in comparing journals in the same discipline.

How is IF measured?

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) provides ranking for journals in Science, Technology, and Social Sciences. The ranking is however limited to journals indexed in Web of Science. Access to JCR is by subscription.

The SCImago Journal & Country Rank on the other hand is a free portal that includes journals and country scientific indicators. You can check the IF of a journal on this site. The site is also useful in identifying high impact and authentic journals.

Beware that with the mushrooming of predatory journals, fake/ fraudulent impact factors have emerged. Some of these are Global Impact Factor (GIF), Universal Impact Factor (UIF) and Citefactor.


Emerald Open Research

Rapid publishingEmerald Open Research is a new open access publishing platform that supports rapid publication and allows authors to achieve transparency through an open peer review process and open data policy. The rapid publication allows the research to start gathering views, downloads and citations without delay. This is followed by open peer review controlled by the author.

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