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© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Impact factor has been used as a metric by which to gauge scientific journals for several years. A metric meant to describe the performance of a journal overall, impact factor has also become a metric used to gauge individual performance as well. This has held true in the field of pediatric cardiology where many divisions utilize impact factor of journals that an individual has published in to help determine the individual's academic achievement. This subsequently can impact the individual's promotion through the academic ranks. We review the purpose of impact factor, its strengths and weaknesses, discuss why impact factor is not a fair metric to apply to individuals, and offer alternative means by which to gauge individual performance for academic promotion.
Author(s): Loomba RS, Anderson RH
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Congenital Heart Disease
Print publication date: 01/03/2018
Online publication date: 26/02/2018
Acceptance date: 24/01/2018
ISSN (print): 1747-079X
ISSN (electronic): 1747-0803
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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