Journal impact factor: A valid symbol of journal quality?

Chun Hung Roberts Law, Yiu Chung Leung

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7 Citations (Scopus)


As the citation frequency of a journal is a representation of how many people have read and acknowledged their works, academia generally shares the notion that impact factor and citation data signify the quality and importance of a journal to the discipline. Although this notion is well-entrenched, is it reasonable to deduce that a journal is not of good quality due to its lower impact factor? Do journal impact factors truly symbolize the quality of a journal? What must be noted when we interpret journal impact factors? This commentary article discusses these questions and their answers thoroughly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)734-742
Number of pages9
JournalTourism Economics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020


  • citations
  • journal impact factor
  • journal quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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