In a recent paper, Egghe [Egghe, L. (in press). Mathematical derivation of the impact factor distribution. Journal of Informetrics] provides a mathematical analysis of the rank-order distribution of journal impact factors. We point out that Egghe’s analysis relies on an unrealistic assumption, and we show that his analysis is not in agreement with empirical data.

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Waltman, L, & van Eck, N.J.P. (2009). Some Comments on Egghe’s Derivation of the Impact Factor Distribution (No. ERS-2009-016-LIS). ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/15184