Does Criticisms Overcome the Praises of Journal Impact Factor?

Asian Social Science, Vol. 9, No. 5, pp. 176-182, April 2013.

7 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2013 Last revised: 9 May 2013

Masood Fooladi

Islamic Azad University, Mobarakeh Branch

Hadi Salehi

Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch

Melor Md Yunus

National University of Malaysia - Faculty of Education

Maryam Farhadi

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Arezoo Aghaei Chadegani

Islamic Azad University; University Kebangsaan Malaysia

Hadi Farhadi

National University of Malaysia (UKM) - Research Center for Islamic Economics and Finance (EKONIS-UKM)

Nader Ale Ebrahim

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM); University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture

Date Written: April 27, 2013

Abstract

Journal impact factor (IF) as a gauge of influence and impact of a particular journal comparing with other journals in the same area of research, reports the mean number of citations to the published articles in particular journal. Although, IF attracts more attention and being used more frequently than other measures, it has been subjected to criticisms, which overcome the advantages of IF. Critically, extensive use of IF may result in destroying editorial and researchers’ behaviour, which could compromise the quality of scientific articles. Therefore, it is the time of the timeliness and importance of a new invention of journal ranking techniques beyond the journal impact factor.

Keywords: Impact factor (IF), Journal ranking, Criticism, Praise, SCOPUS, Web of science, Self-citation

JEL Classification: L1, L11, L7, M11, M12, M1, M54, Q1, O1, O3, Q31, Q32, P24, P42, P29, L17

Suggested Citation

Fooladi, Masood and Salehi, Hadi and Yunus, Melor Md and Farhadi, Maryam and Aghaei Chadegani, Arezoo and Farhadi, Hadi and Ale Ebrahim, Nader, Does Criticisms Overcome the Praises of Journal Impact Factor? (April 27, 2013). Asian Social Science, Vol. 9, No. 5, pp. 176-182, April 2013.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2257552

Masood Fooladi

Islamic Azad University, Mobarakeh Branch ( email )

Department of Accounting
Mobarakeh Branch
Mobarakeh, Isfahan
Iran

Hadi Salehi

Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch ( email )

Iran
Iran
Najafabad, Isfahan
Iran

Melor Md Yunus

National University of Malaysia - Faculty of Education ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, MS Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Maryam Farhadi

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor 43000
Malaysia

Arezoo Aghaei Chadegani

Islamic Azad University ( email )

Tehran
Iran

University Kebangsaan Malaysia ( email )

Malaysia

Hadi Farhadi

National University of Malaysia (UKM) - Research Center for Islamic Economics and Finance (EKONIS-UKM) ( email )

Malaysia

Nader Ale Ebrahim (Contact Author)

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

HOME PAGE: http://https://umresearch.um.edu.my/

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia

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