Impact Factor and UGC List of Approved Journals - Boon or Bane?
Teaching, Research and Publication are the three basic components of education system. New knowledge always been disseminated through research papers published in reputed journals with impact factor. In the present time of competitive world of science; career development of faculties is largely based on the scientific publications. From the beginning of the careers, researchers get fastened with the citation nose-band with impact factor virtually dictating their future career path, preferring to be known, with their research papers published in high impact factor journals.
Impact factor (IF) is a journal metric that reflects how many citations of a journal’s papers published over a two-year period receive during the subsequent year. It is calculated by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years. The Journal IF coined by Eugene Garfield in the 1950s, was initially introduced as a tool to facilitate the librarians to choose which journals are read more often than others, and also to measure the significance of a scientific journal, however, this has been transformed into judging an individual scientist’s productivity. Read more. . .