Current Oncology receives its first journal impact factor

Current Oncology receives its first journal impact factor


Recently, Current Oncology received its first journal impact factor of 1.820 , and ranking of 129 out of 184, as published in the 2010 Journal Citation Reports , Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2011).1

The journal impact factor for Current Oncology was generated using the following data23:

WHAT IS THE JOURNAL IMPACT FACTOR?

The journal impact factor is a measure of citation frequency that reflects the average number of citations to articles published in science and social science journals. Originally developed by Eugene Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information, the impact factor is now part of Thomson Reuters. Impact factors are calculated annually for those journals that are indexed in Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports .23

HOW IS JOURNAL IMPACT FACTOR CALCULATED?

The impact factor of a journal in a given year is the average number of citations a paper published in that journal received during the two previous years. For example, if a journal has an impact factor of 4 in 2010, then its papers published in 2008 and 2009 received 4 citations each on average in 2010. The 2010 impact factor of a journal would be calculated as follows:23

  • X = the number of times articles published in 2008 and 2009 were cited by indexed journals during 2010

  • Y = the total number of “citable items” published by that journal in 2008 and 2009

  • 2010 impact factor = X/Y

WHAT EFFECT DOES THE IMPACT FACTOR HAS ON A JOURNAL?

Journals with higher impact factors are considered to be of higher importance than those with lower ones. Therefore, the impact factor score is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field.23

Continuing to cite the articles published in Current Oncology will help ensure that high impact factor is maintained, thus positioning its importance in the field of oncology.

REFERENCES:

1.  The 2010 Journal Citation Reports, Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2011).

2.  The Thomson Reuters impact factor. Available at http://thomsonreuters.com/products_services/science/free/essays/impact_factor/. Accessed August 16, 2010.

3.  Impact factor. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_factor. Accessed August 16, 2010.


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Current Oncology , VOLUME 18 , NUMBER 5 , 2011








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