Evaluating scientific quality is an infamously difficult problem which has no standard solution. Ideally, published scientific results should be scrutinized by true experts in the field and given scores for quality and quantity according to established rules. Other alternative methods for evaluating research are being sought, such as citation rates and journal impact factors, which seem to be quantitative and objective indicators directly related to published science.
The impact factor is a bibliometric parameter based on the number of times that papers in a particular journal are cited by all journals. It is considered a parameter of scientific quality of a journal.
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