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The weakening relationship between the impact factor and papers' citations in the digital age


  • George A. Lozano
  • Vincent Larivière
  • Yves Gingras


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  • George A. Lozano & Vincent Larivière & Yves Gingras, 2012. "The weakening relationship between the impact factor and papers' citations in the digital age," Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, Association for Information Science & Technology, vol. 63(11), pages 2140-2145, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jinfst:v:63:y:2012:i:11:p:2140-2145

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