Science Citation Index-Impact Factor

Donald Forsdyke forsdyke at post.queensu.ca
Mon Jan 6 10:23:19 EST 1997


joe at evolution.genetics.washington.edu (Joe Felsenstein) wrote:
>In article <5aj4nl$57u at knot.queensu.ca>,
>Donald Forsdyke  <forsdyke at post.queensu.ca> wrote:
>>   In particular I am thinking here of journals such as the Journal of 
>>Theoretical Biology, which in 1964 published work leading to the modern 
>>"selfish gene" paradigm, an idea apparently ignored at the time.
>
>Hamilton's papers of 1964 in JTB were not ignored at the time as far as
>I know.  By the early 1970's they were very well known and they have often been
>cited.  By the time the "selfish gene" slogan came along there was already
>quite a bit of activity in the field of kin selection, with Hamilton
>acknowledged by one and all for being the founder of this line of work.

>Or perhaps I misread which papers of 1964 were being referred to.

     No you did not misread. Yes, by the early 70's, over 6 years after 
the initial publication citations were increasing. But most high impact 
papers peak much before this, and the set of journals which specialize in 
such papers get high impact factors. 
                                     Sincerely, Don Forsdyke






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