Academic Exchange Quarterly
"impact factor" is straightforward and self-evident approach WYSIWYG

    Other publishers, to derive impact factor, use complicated logarithmic techniques such as
  • Thomson-Reuters impact factor or
  • Eigenfactor or
  • SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) or
  • recently developed by University of Leiden indicator called SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
We at AEQ, similar to European Association of Science Editors (EASE), question whether any logarithm can reflect true journal's impact. EASE statement on inappropriate use of impact factors.    Also read article Bureaucrats, researchers, editors, and the impact factor - a vicious circle that is detrimental to science available from National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda MD
    Moreover, be aware that
  1. controversial papers may be highly cited, distorting the impact factor of a journal
  2. citation bias may exist - authors may cite their own work
  3. journal affiliation, independent vs corporate sponsorship, may also influence journal and article metrics. Read Acceptance Rate Note
To this effect, we believe that “impact factor” is not very reliable and continues to be a work in progress….. Read September 2011 article Citation by Citation, New Maps Chart Hot Research and Scholarship's Hidden Terrain in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

None-the-less, for those that insist to have the "impact factor" we suggest Google Scholar Metrics because
        the h5-index is simple to understand, hard to manipulate, and provides a reasonable
        if crude measure of the respect accorded to a journal by scholars within its field.
        While journal metrics are no guarantee of the quality of a journal, if they are going to be used
        we should use the best available, and Google’s h5-index is a big improvement on the ISI impact factor.
        Google scholar metrics by Rob J Hyndman Professor of Statistics Monash University, Australia

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