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Do Not Use I.F. for Scientific Value Estimation

Version 1 : Received: 21 April 2022 / Approved: 21 April 2022 / Online: 21 April 2022 (09:37:01 CEST)

How to cite: Klebanov, L.; Kuvaeva, Y.; Volkovich, Z.(. Do Not Use I.F. for Scientific Value Estimation. Preprints 2022, 2022040200 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202204.0200.v1). Klebanov, L.; Kuvaeva, Y.; Volkovich, Z.(. Do Not Use I.F. for Scientific Value Estimation. Preprints 2022, 2022040200 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202204.0200.v1).

Abstract

A toy model for the distribution of the impact factor (IF) of a journal is proposed. The model demonstrates the presence of a heavy tail for the IF distribution, which occurs due to some random non-scientific circumstances. Therefore, the use of IF as an indicator of the quality of scientific papers seems to be inadequate.

Keywords

citation distribution; impact factor distribution; essential randomness; Sibuya distribution.

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Library & Information Science

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