What is a Journal?
- Professional journals are generally where new scholarly findings
and ideas have been published in the Western world, particularly since
approximately the late 1800s.
- A key feature of these journals is the idea
of peer review, i.e., a draft paper is reviewed by at least a couple of
experts who comment and accept/reject and suggest changes, before a
final version of the paper is published.
- During the 20th century journals have
become an increasingly
important means for recording and globally communicating new human knowledge and for
the conduct scholarly debate.
Journal proliferation has accelerated since
the 1990s due the internet age. Journal publishing
increased 68% from 1990 to 1997. In
1997, 165,000 different journal titles were published. Currently
most major journals are available both electronically and in hard copy,
with the volume of electronic access now vastly outweighing hard copy
- The massive volume of published journal content exceeds a single
human's comprehension or close attention.
- Therefore, methods for organizing,
searching and ranking journal content are more critical than ever, e.g.,
- "Review" journals
- Electronic search methods
- Rejection rate
- Content alerts
- Journal impact ratings
- Citation analysis
What is Journal Impact?
- The journal impact factor is the average number of times an
article in that journal is cited by other articles.
- The average impact factor for a journals
article is just below 1, i.e., the average journal article is
only ever cited in one other journal article.
- In recent years journal impact
studies have become more common within both scientific and
social science disciplines.
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