Is this joking video an entirely accurate portrayal of impact factors? No. It is, however, representative of the frustration that academic publishing often entails. Choosing (or having to) publish a paper in a journal with a low impact factor is not always indicative of the quality of either, but it may feel that way - and be treated that way.
|The idea of the impact factor was first introduced by Eugene Garfield in 1955. He is an American scientist, one of the founders of bibliometrics and scientometrics.|
His book Citation indexing - its theory and application in science, technology, and humanities (1979) is available in UM Libraries collections.