Most of us have heard of "Impact Factor," but what is it?
When we talk about a journal's Impact Factor, we're talking about a proprietary name and method that is unique to an annual publication called Journal Citation Reports, also known as JCR, and recently rebranded as InCites Journal Citation Reports.
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* Select comparison also lists Quartiles: Journals in a particular subject area are ranked by Impact factor (IF), and then the list is divided in four groups: Quartile 1 represents the top 25% of the journals in terms of highest IF. Q2 is the top 26%-50%, Q3 51%-75%, and Q4 76%-100%. You may select WHICH quartile you wish to see / compare.
There are so many metrics that try to measure impact and prestige of scholarship and research articles. None is perfect. You'll need to decide which ones are important for you to pay attention to, and which you can do without. Knowing the norms and expectations of your discipline is also critically important.
"Obviously, a single number can never give more than a rough approximation to an individual's multifaceted profile, and many other factors should be considered in combination in evaluating an individual."
J.E. Hirsch (2005) H-Index: An Index to Quantify an Individual's Scientific Research Output, PNAS Online, vol. 102 no. 46.
"Well, "good" depends on several variables. First, what is her field of study? What's considered "good" in Clinical Medicine (84) is different than what is considered "good" in Mathematics (19). Some fields simply publish and cite more than others."
Impactstory Team (March 26, 2014). Four Great Reasons to Stop Caring So Much about the H-Index.