The A&A Experience with Impact Factors
There is a widespread impression that the scientific journal Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) has a smaller impact than some of the other major astronomical journals. This impression was supported — and probably created — by the Journal Citation Report (JCR), which is prepared annually by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) Web of Knowledge. The published poor impact factor of A&A was in fact wrong and was due to a serious flaw in the method used by ISI to determine it. The resulting damage inflicted upon A&A by the JCR is incalculable.
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