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Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
On-line version ISSN 1806-0870
RUIZ, Milton A.; GRECO, Oswaldo T. and BRAILE, Domingo M.. Journal impact factor: its editorial, academic and scientific importance. Rev. Bras. Hematol. Hemoter. [online]. 2009, vol.31, n.5, pp. 355-360. Epub Oct 16, 2009. ISSN 1806-0870. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-84842009005000080.
In this report, the authors present information on bibliometric instruments and their importance in measuring the quality of scientific journals and researchers. They present the history and deployment of the impact factor by the Institute for Scientific Information that exists since 1955. Criticism regarding the inadequacy of the impact factor in the evaluation of scientific publications, its misuse and editorial handling strategies of this bibliometric index are presented and discussed. The new Capes classification for journals, based on various criteria and in particular the impact factor, is presented as is its influence on national scientific and academic life. The authors conclude that, despite all obstacles and discussions, the impact factor of the Institute for Scientific Information is still a useful tool and is the only one available to assess, in isolation, scientific and intellectual productivity.
Keywords : Impact factor; citation index; bibliometrics tools.