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MATIAS GAMEZ, A. Relevance of the spanish journals included in the databases of the Institute for Scientific Information measured by the renormalized impact factor. Investig. bibl [online]. 2011, vol.25, n.55, pp.63-80. ISSN 2448-8321.

Nowadays the Impact Factor (IF) is used as a measure of the relevance or the quality of an institution, a research group or project, or a particular researcher's scientific production, regardless of the scientific field to which they belong. This paper shows a classification of the Spanish journals included in the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) databases based on their relevance. To measure this relevance we propose the Renormalized Impact Factor (Fr) instead of the IF. The results show that 12.64% of Spanish journals included in the ISI may be considered relevant in their categories and that a high IF does not necessarily indicate a high relevance of the journal, so the IF perhaps is not an appropriate index to evaluate scientific activities belonging to different fields.

Keywords : Bibliometric indexes; Impact Factor; Renormalized Impact Factor; Scientific journals evaluation; Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

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