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Gregory E. Kaebnick, editor
Laura Haupt, managing editor
Susan Gilbert, contributing editor
Stephen R. Latham, contributing editor
Nora Porter, art director
ISSN: 0093-0334; online ISSN: 1552-146X
LC: 75-64303, publication no. 108810
Publisher: The Hastings Center
Impact Factor and Cited Half-Life
2010 “Impact Factor”: 1.477
2010 “Cited Half-Life”: 9.5 years
“Impact factors” and “cited half-life” are metrics produced by Thomson/ISI’s Journal Citation Reports. “Impact factor” represents the average number of citations a particular article receives, and “cited half-life” is the median age of citations to a particular journal. They are sometimes used as rough and partial proxies of a journal’s competitiveness, quality, and impact on a field’s literature. They can be affected by the journal’s format, by editorial prioritization of topics likely to generate citations, and by publication and citation conventions with the journal’s field.