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

Renormalized Impact Factor

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


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.


Time Evolution Physical Parameter Impact Factor Strong Dependence Scientific Journal 
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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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