, Volume 80, Issue 2, pp 515–528

Journals that increase their impact factor at least fourfold in a few years: The role of journal self-citations

  • Antonia Andrade
  • Raúl González-Jonte
  • Juan Miguel Campanario

DOI: 10.1007/s11192-008-2085-9

Cite this article as:
Andrade, A., González-Jonte, R. & Campanario, J.M. Scientometrics (2009) 80: 515. doi:10.1007/s11192-008-2085-9


The aim of this study was to ascertain the possible effect of journal self-citations on the increase in the impact factors of journals in which this scientometric indicator rose by a factor of at least four in only a few years. Forty-three journals were selected from the Thomson—Reuters (formerly ISI) Journal Citation Reports as meeting the above criterion. Eight journals in which the absolute number of citations was lower than 20 in at least two years were excluded, so the final sample consisted of 35 journals. We found no proof of widespread manipulation of the impact factor through the massive use of journal self-citations.

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonia Andrade
    • 1
  • Raúl González-Jonte
    • 2
  • Juan Miguel Campanario
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Geología, Edificio de CienciasUniversidad de AlcaláMadridSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Química Física AplicadaUniversidad Autónoma de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria de CantoblancoMadridSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Física, Edificio de CienciasUniversidad de AlcaláMadridSpain