Measures of Value of a Journal Beyond the Impact Factor

Anita Coleman gives a nice overview of possible multi-dimensional measure of the value of academic journals next to the traditional impact factor. To measure the value of a journals Coleman first selects three measures, namely journal attraction power, author associativity, and journal consumption power; she redefines two of them as journal measures of affinity (the proportion of foreign authors) and associativity (the amount of collaboration), and calculate these as objective indicators of journal value. To illustrate the multi-dimensional identity of the value of a journal I selected the following list of possible measures from Coleman’s article (in alfabetical order):

  1. Acceptance and Rejection rates
  2. Adjusted Impact Factor,
  3. Article Quality,
  4. Author Reputation Score,
  5. Average Ranking Position,
  6. Circulation size,
  7. Citation Rate,
  8. Citing Half-Life,
  9. Degree of specialization,
  10. Disciplinary Impact Factor,
  11. Editorial board,
  12. Editorial standards,
  13. Immediacy Index,
  14. Impact Factor,
  15. Importance Index
  16. Influence Weight,
  17. Journal Age,
  18. Journal origin and orientation,
  19. Mean Response Time,
  20. Popularity Factor
  21. Readership
  22. References per Paper,
  23. Reprint distribution,
  24. School Reputation Score,
  25. Self-citedness,
  26. Standing,
  27. Type of research covered,
  28. Uncitedness,

About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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