Scientometrics

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 3–9 | Cite as

Renormalized Impact Factor

  • Ana M. Ramírez
  • Esther O. García
  • J. Antonio Del Río

Abstract

Many aspects determine the quality of scientific journals. The impact factor is one of these quantitative parameters. However, the impact factor has a strong dependence on the journal discipline. This dependence forbids a direct comparison between different journals without introducing external considerations. In this paper, a renormalized impact factor, Fr, inspired in the definition of dimensionless physical parameters, is proposed. Fr allows a direct comparison among journals classified into different categories and, furthermore, the time evolution analysis of the journal's role in its field.

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana M. Ramírez
    • 1
  • Esther O. García
    • 1
  • J. Antonio Del Río
    • 1
  1. 1.Energy Research CenterNational Autonomous University of MexicoMéxicoMexico

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