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A note on empirical sample distribution of journal impact factors in major discipline groups

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What type of statistical distribution do the Journal Impact Factors follow? In the past, researchers have hypothesized various types of statistical distributions underlying the generation mechanism of journal impact factors. These are: lognormal, normal, approximately normal, Weibull, negative exponential, combination of exponentials, Poisson, Generalized inverse Gaussian-Poisson, negative binomial, generalized Waring, gamma, etc. It is pertinent to note that the major characteristics of JIF data lay in the asymmetry and non-mesokurticity. The present study, frequently encounters Burr-XII, inverse Burr-III (Dagum), Johnson SU, and a few other distributions closely related to Burr distributions to best fit the JIF data in subject groups such as biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, physics, psychology and social sciences.

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  • Mishra, SK, 2010. "A note on empirical sample distribution of journal impact factors in major discipline groups," MPRA Paper 20747, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Egghe, L., 2009. "Mathematical derivation of the impact factor distribution," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 3(4), pages 290-295.
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    1. Mishra, SK, 2010. "Temporal changes in the parameters of statistical distribution of journal impact factor," MPRA Paper 21263, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Sarabia, José María & Prieto, Faustino & Trueba, Carmen, 2012. "Modeling the probabilistic distribution of the impact factor," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 6(1), pages 66-79.
    3. Brzezinski, Michal, 2014. "Empirical modeling of the impact factor distribution," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 8(2), pages 362-368.

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    Keywords

    Journal impact factor; JIF; theoretical probability distribution; Burr; Dagum; Generalized extreme value; generalized gamma; Inverse Gaussian; Johnson SU; Johnson SB; Kumaraswamy; Log-logistic; lognonmal; log-Pearson; Weibull; Generalized normal; Hypersecant; Beta; empirical distribution; sample;

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    • C16 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Econometric and Statistical Methods; Specific Distributions

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