Jason Hoyt and Antony Williams tweeted a new arXiv pre-print:
Abstract: We investigate the journal impact factor, focusing on the applied mathematics category. We demonstrate that significant manipulation of the impact factor is being carried out by the editors of some journals and that the impact factor gives a very inaccurate view of journal quality, which is poorly correlated with expert opinion.
Cite as: arXiv:1010.0278v1 [math.HO]This is a brief piece that walks through some manipulations of JIF in applied math - note the famous El Naschie makes a return (and you thought he was done when he left his Elsevier journal)
Kris Fowler is a librarian who is a member of the SLA Physics-Astronomy-Math Division.