The subject of Journal Impact Factor has given rise to discussion and debate since the statistic was first made available in 1975. Throughout the years, Thomson Reuters has maintained a consistent stance, emphasizing that Journal impact Factor is a specific metric for gauging a journal's recent citation influence within its particular field. it is not intended to serve in isolation as a definitive or ultimate measurement; the Journal impact Factor is but one data point, which must be considered in context and in combination with other elements, such as the overall citation patterns in the field in which the journal is categorized.
Release Date: July 24, 2014
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