Scientometrics

, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 53–66

Hypothetical influence of non-indexed Spanish medical journals on the impact factor of the Journal Citation Reports-indexed journals

  • Rafael Aleixandre-Benavent
  • Juan Carlos Valderrama Zurián
  • Alberto Miguel-Dasit
  • Adolfo Alonso Arroyo
  • Miguel Castellano Gómez
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to analyze the hypothetical changes in the 2002 impact factor (IF) of the biomedical journals included in the Science Citation Index-Journal Citation Reports (SCI-JCR) by also taking into account cites coming from 83 non-indexed Spanish journals on different medical specialties. A further goal of the study is to identify the subject categories of the SCI-JCR with the largest increase in their IF, and to estimate the 2002 hypothetical impact factor (2002 HIF) of these 83 non-indexed Spanish journals. It is demonstrated that the inclusion of cites from a selection of non SCI-JCR-indexed Spanish medical journals in the SCI-JCR-indexed journals produces a slight increase in their 2002 IF, specially in journals edited in the USA and in the UK. More than half of the non-indexed Spanish journals has a higher 2002 HIF than that of the SCI-JCR-indexed journal with the lowest IF in the same subject category.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Aleixandre-Benavent
    • 1
  • Juan Carlos Valderrama Zurián
    • 1
  • Alberto Miguel-Dasit
    • 2
  • Adolfo Alonso Arroyo
    • 1
  • Miguel Castellano Gómez
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de Historia de la Ciencia y Documentación López PiñeroConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-Universitat de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.MR SectionLa Plana de Vila-Real HospitalCastellónSpain
  3. 3.Consellería de Sanitat. Generalitat ValencianaValenciaSpain

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