The purpose of the paper is to present arguments for and against the use of the Impact Factor (IF) in a rapidly changing digital world. The paper discusses the calculation of IF, as well as the pros and cons of IF. Editorial policies that affect IF are examined, and the merits of open access online publishing are presented. Scientific quality and the IF dilemma are analysed, and alternative measures of impact and quality are evaluated. The San Francisco declaration on research assessment is also discussed.

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Keywords Impact Factor, Quality of research, Pros and Cons, Implications, Digital world, Editorial policies, Open access online publishing, SCIE, SSCI
JEL Intellectual Property Rights: National and International Issues (jel O34), Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives (jel O31), Institutions: Design, Formation, and Operations (jel D02)
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Series Econometric Institute Research Papers
McAleer, M.J, Oláh, J, & Popp, J. (2018). Pros and Cons of the Impact Factor in a Rapidly Changing Digital World (No. EI2018-11). Econometric Institute Research Papers. Retrieved from