Dynamics of Journal Impact Factors; three strategies for journal managers to sustainably improve both a journal’s impact factor and its underlying resources

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For a journal manager, boosting a journal’s impact factor is an important objective. The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal is cited in a given period. The dynamics of impact factors are caused by the interplay of several concepts, such as seniority of authors and reviewers, journal policies, online availability of journals and quality of contributions. This paper’s objective is to discuss three strategies to sustainably improve both a journal’s impact factor and its underlying resources. To this end, a journal’s assets and resources are captured in a structural simulation model, which is used for strategy experiments. The paper offers three insights: It provides a dynamic hypothesis about the causal structures underlying a journal impact factor; it highlights the fact that the levels and growth rates of the crucial resources, authors and reviewers, must be developed in dynamic correspondence. Finally, developing the stock of high-quality reviewers requires time and resources but is more stable than the stock of authors and, hence, has a higher potential for guiding the journal into a regime of sustainable development. Limitations and future paths are discussed.



Dynamics of Journal Impact Factors

Stefan N. Groesser1,2,*

Article first published online: 8 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/sres.2142

Systems Research and Behavioral Science

Special Issue: Developing Sustainable Strategies with System Dynamics

Volume 29, Issue 6, pages 624–644, November/December 2012

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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: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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