Open Journal of Astrophysics Impact Factor Poll

A few people ask from time to time about whether the Open Journal of Astrophysics has a Journal Impact Factor.

For those of you in the dark about this, the impact factor for Year N, which is usually published in year N+1, is based on the average number of citations obtained in Year N for papers published in Years N-1 and N-2 so it requires two complete years of publishing.

For the OJA, therefore, the first time an official IF can be constructed is for 2021, which would be published is in 2022 and it would be based on the citations gained in 2021 (this year) for papers published in 2019 and 2020. Earlier years were incomplete so no IF can be defined.

It is my personal view that article-level level bibliometric data are far more useful than journal-level descriptors such as the Journal Impact Factor (JIF). I think the Impact Factor is very silly actually. Unfortunately, however, there are some bureaucrats that seem to think that the Journal Impact Factor is important and some of our authors think we should apply to have an official one.
What do you think? If you have an opinion you can vote on the twitter poll here:

I should add that my criticisms of the Journal Impact Factor are not about the Open Journal’s own citation performance. We have every reason to believe our impact factor would be pretty high.

Comments welcome.


2 Responses to “Open Journal of Astrophysics Impact Factor Poll”

  1. Peter, you must be aware of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) which has adopted a range of practices in research assessment, including not using journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a measure of the quality of individual research articles. (Partially quoting from their webpage).

    Many UK universities have signed up to DORA.

    Had a look at their website and several individuals from Maynooth appear to have signed up, but could not see an organisational one.

    • telescoper Says:

      Yes, indeed I am aware of DORA. The principles of DORA are included in promotion processes here and I did think the institution had officially signed up but I’m not sure it actually has.

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