International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 6 Num. 3 - November 2006


Factor de Impacto de las Publicaciones Espa?olas de Psicolog?a Utilizando un Amplio Rango de Revistas Fuente [Impact Factor of Spanish Psychology Journals Using a Wide Range of Source Journals]

Volume 6 Num. 3 - November 2006 - Pages 417-423


A.J. Cangas, M.C. P?rez Fuentes and J.J. G?zquez


The impact factor is one of criteria more utilized nowadays to evaluate the scientific journals. It is a judgment diffused and applied for the Journal of Citation Reports (JCR) of the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI). The same is easy to compute, but its utility can come influenced for several factors as number of existent publications in a discipline or area, the geographic reach, the kind of papers than a journal accepts, etc. In this sense, the objective of the present study was to analyze the relevance to choose one extensive sample of journals of psychology to evaluate the repercussion in the impact factor The results indicate that there are important changes in some journals. Also, it emphasizes the importance of selfcitations and of citations in international journals to interpret results.

Key words:

Impact Factor, Quality, Citation analysis, Diffusion

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