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On the behavior of journal impact factor rank-order distribution

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  • Mansilla, R.
  • Köppen, E.
  • Cocho, G.
  • Miramontes, P.

Abstract

An empirical law for the rank-order behavior of journal impact factors is found. Using an extensive data base on impact factors including journals on education, agrosciences, geosciences, mathematics, chemistry, medicine, engineering, physics, biosciences and environmental, computer and material sciences, we have found extremely good fittings outperforming other rank-order models. Based in our results, we propose a two-exponent Lotkaian Informetrics. Some extensions to other areas of knowledge are discussed.

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  • Mansilla, R. & Köppen, E. & Cocho, G. & Miramontes, P., 2007. "On the behavior of journal impact factor rank-order distribution," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 1(2), pages 155-160.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:infome:v:1:y:2007:i:2:p:155-160
    DOI: 10.1016/j.joi.2007.01.001
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