1999
DOI: 10.1590/s0100-40421999000300026
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Fator de impacto de revistas científicas: qual o significado deste parâmetro?

Abstract: IMPACT FACTOR OF SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS PARAM-ETER?The impact factor of scientific journals has been 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. Keywords: impact factor; che… Show more

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“…They are of various nature, starting with the problem that not all relevant journals make it into ISI (Porta et al 2003) to periodicals with high impact factors due to an editorial line more concerned with reviews than original research (e.g., Pinto and Andrade 1999). Even the initial of an author's last name has been regarded as influential in citation potential (Tregenza 1997) and double-barreled names could end up being incorrectly listed in publication databases (Lorenzini 1996), including ISI.…”
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“…They are of various nature, starting with the problem that not all relevant journals make it into ISI (Porta et al 2003) to periodicals with high impact factors due to an editorial line more concerned with reviews than original research (e.g., Pinto and Andrade 1999). Even the initial of an author's last name has been regarded as influential in citation potential (Tregenza 1997) and double-barreled names could end up being incorrectly listed in publication databases (Lorenzini 1996), including ISI.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Another problem regarding citations that has bearing on the h-index is the apparent "bad habit" of several Brazilian researchers active in the field of Chemical sciences not to cite their own Brazilian colleagues (Pinto and Andrade 1999). If this malpractice and unwise attitude (to say the least) is a general trend in the country, we would have the worst of the worlds regarding any bibliometric measurement.…”
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“…Somente as publicações indexadas no Institute of Scientific Information (ISI), que por sua vez são indexadas no MEDLINE, têm esse fator calculado periodicamente 1 . A importância desse cálculo vem crescendo, desde que o FI passou a ser adotado por inúmeras instituições, governamentais ou não, como diferencial na avaliação das revistas científicas e dos autores no concorrido palco da pesquisa mundial.…”
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“…A impressão é de que os dirigentes dessas instituições acreditam que tudo o que é publicado no Brasil é ruim ou de qualidade inferior 1 .…”
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