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Science Citation Index-Impact Factor

Donald Forsdyke forsdyke at post.queensu.ca
Fri Jan 3 09:22:45 EST 1997

Journals with a high "immediacy" tend to get high SCI ratings, to the 

detriment of journals which publish papers which have a long term impact.

It would be nice if the ISI would divide the citations to a journal into 

say citations to work of the last 10 years and citations to work 

published before the last ten years. The ratio of these two might give an 

appreciation of the emphemal nature of some journals' publications.

   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.

                                 Donald Forsdyke
                                 Discussion Leader,

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