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The effect of journal title changes on impact factors

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One of the most misunderstood aspects of journal management is the effect of journal title changes on the ThomsonScientific impact factor. This study analyses journals that changed their title in 1994 and 1995 and ascertains the period of time taken to recover the impact factor. Effects of subject classification and of the size of the journal are also investigated to see if recovery time depends on them. The analysis shows that recovery times are longer than predicted. Suggestions are made on how publishers may approach communication of journal title changes to minimize the effects on the impact factor.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2005

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  • Editor in Chief: Pippa Smart
    North American Editor: Judy Luther

    Learned Publishing is the journal of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, published in collaboration with the Society for Scholarly Publishing. The journal is published quarterly in January/April/July/October.

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