The impact factor (IF) of an academic journal is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in the journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field.
Measuring research impact is important because it helps you to:
- identify highly-cited journals, papers and authors in your research field
- choose which journals to read and publish in
Read an article about citation tracking, journal impact factors and the Journal Citation Reports, personal impact factors and the h-index.
Read a Wikipedia explanation to understand the importance of impact factors in your work.