An Impact Factor is one measure of the relative importance of a journal, individual publication, or researcher to literature and research.
Journal impact factors, citations to publications, h-index of researchers are used to measure the importance and impact of research.
Informed and careful use of the impact data is essential and the following must be kept in mind:
Citation analysis is a way of measuring the relative importance or impact of an author, an article or a publication by counting the number of times that author, article, or publication has been cited by other works.
Why is Citation Analysis important?
Researchers often ask:
What are the best journals in my field?
How do I check who is citing my articles?
How many times have I been cited?"
How do I know this article is important?"
How can I compare the research impact between journals so I know which journal should I publish in?
Citation analysis will provide the answers to the above questions.