Impact factor of scientific journals: What is the meaning of this parameter?

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Abstract

The impact factor of scientific journals has heen used to evaluate them, as well as the quality of scientific research. This parameter was recently used by CAPES as an important criterion for the evaluation of Brazilian postgraduate courses. The main objective of this paper is to show how impact factor is calculated and to discuss its importance and limitations, with special emphasis on chemistry journals.

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Pinto, A. C., & De Andrade, J. B. (1999). Impact factor of scientific journals: What is the meaning of this parameter? Quimica Nova, 22(3), 448–453. https://doi.org/10.1590/s0100-40421999000300026

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