Gurinder Kumar
Gurinder Kumar
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
SPECIALIST
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

How significant is the impact factor of the journal in deciding the submission of a manuscript to the journals?

The impact factor of a journal is a major factor to decide the submission. How does an author self rate their manuscript and then decide the submission?
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Dr Nathalie M Malewicz
Dr Nathalie M Malewicz
MD
Yale School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology
Postdoctoral Associate
New Haven, CT, United States
2mon ago
Dear Gurinder Kumar,
great quuestion. The importance of the impact factor is, a I see it, still given. But it depends what you want to do with this manuscript, do you need it to submit a grant, or earn a degree? Higher impact factor journals also have higher standards concerning eg sample size calculations or antibody validation. Also think about why a journal has a low impact, is it perhaps new but has prospect to become higher? Some funding organizations also try to move away from rating solely by impact factor. You also need to think about reputation, scope, time to process and requirements of the target journal. Are these fitting your project and your need?
There are different methods to asses a good fitting manuscript: discuss with and ask colleagues, evaluate the worthiness of your project by presenting at conferences, talking to your peers and compare to other papers published in your field. Another option is to use journal finders, where you submit your abstract and receive a result based on algorithms.

Moreover you need to think about who will review me, do the people know me or my PI, do they have a good relationship? Are they working on something similar, that could hinder them to publish? This will also affect the chances.

But still if the time permits, I would aim a little bit higher than I wanted, because it mainly depends on the reviewers and these often review independent of the journal and can be the same. Good luck!
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Dr. Chunming Cheng
Dr. Chunming Cheng
PhD
The Ohio State University
The impact factor is important, but what you want is more important than that!
2mon ago
Dr Jean Baptiste Kakoma
Dr Jean Baptiste Kakoma
BMed Sc, MD, MMed/OG, PhD, AESM
University of Rwanda School of Public Health & University of Lubumbashi Schools of Medicine and Public Health, DR Congo
Emeritus Professor
Lubumbashi, Haut - Katanga, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
2mon ago
On one hand, authorship on scholarly and scientific publications (as intellectual contribution to the completion of a research) is one of the most important requirements for academic or scientific personnel evaluation with regard to employment, promotion as well as tenure. On the other hand, a journal impact, audience, and prestige, which go together, are among factors to be considered when seeking authorship recognition by peers or a given institution. So, impact factor (IF) of a journal is often used as a proxy for its relative importance within its field of interest and journals with higher impact factors are consequently deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. Therefore, an author has to decide early before drafting the paper and identify a target journal while looking for journals that have published similar works and considering those that have published works that he will be citing.
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Mostafa Dianatinasab
Mostafa Dianatinasab
MSc
Shahroud University of Medical Sciences
Thank you for your valuable information
2mon ago
Dr. (Mr.) Niroshan Sivathasan
Dr. (Mr.) Niroshan Sivathasan
MD (BSc, MBBS, MRCS, AFACP, FCPCA, FFMACCS, FACCS, FASCBS)
Harley Academy / Cosmetique / Ignite Medispa
Cosmetic Surgeon
London, United Kingdom
2mon ago
Three key words: AWARENESS, CONTEXT and INSIGHT.

If an author has these abilities/ qualities, then it'll allow him/ her to pitch to the most appropriate journal.

Indeed, due to the staggering proliferation of utterly meaningless journals over the last decade, I believe that the importance of 'impact factor' remains high when deciding about the submission of a manuscript. However, considerations around impact factor MUST be fused with targeting the appropriate audience.
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Dr. Enrique Teran
Dr. Enrique Teran
MD, PhD
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Professor
Quito, Ecuador
2mon ago
That is not the major factor but it s actually an important one! Sometimes, me as author have to decide which journal will reach more the target audience for my paper. Otherwise, I will get it publish in a “great” journal but less people will put attention on it. On the other hand, those specialized journals have lower impact factor as the audience is less.
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Dr Vijayan K Pillai
Dr Vijayan K Pillai
Ph.D
University of Texas at Arlington
Professor
Arlington, Texas, United States
2mon ago
I think most people spend an enormous amount of time translating an idea (theoretical, methodological, philosophical etc) to a set of cogent argument which can be, qualitative, quantitative, or plain philosopjical in nature. Once they feel they have a reasonable / innovative argument, they usually assess the value of their end product in the context of epistemological issues that birthed the idea to begin with then. But then at the end of their findings and arguments may not as persuasive as they initially thought. In which case, I think, most people will go for a medium (whatever level) tier journal.
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Dr Gajanan Inamdar
Dr Gajanan Inamdar
PHD
University of Arizona
Research Scientist
Tucson, Arizona, United States
2mon ago
Impact factor (IF) is good only with journals that have focused one subject to discuss (e.g. Journal of Cancer Research, Pain, ect).
Using IF is not as good for focused subject like medicinal chemistry, or for that matter any synthetic chemistry journal that reports diverse aspects of the same subject. People submit and discuss various / diverse subjects under these journal titles and hence the impact of these journals do not get any beyond 5 0r 6. Yet most practically useful research are reported in these journals. Another example is journals that report pharmacological findings.
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Cinaria Albadri
Cinaria Albadri
Institute of Molecular Medicine
Dublin, Ireland
2mon ago
A submitted manuscript needs to fall within the specific area in which the journal publishes first of all. Thus authors need to inquire whether the manuscript that they are willing to submit would be suitable for publishing in that specific journal. Additionally it is important for authors to select a good standing journal that has gained its reputation by being well-managed and operated ethically by a sound editorial staff, when deciding to submit their manuscript, meaning that the journal is sponsored by a member-based scientific society whose members share a professional and scientific interest. A reputable journal will have a long publishing history which means it will have expertise in the peer-review process.
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Dr Monica BUTNARIU
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
chemist
Banat's University Timisoara
doctor habilitate, professor
Timisoara, Romania
2mon ago
The impact factor of a journal is a major factor to decide the submission
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
chemist
Banat's University Timisoara
doctor habilitate, professor
Timisoara, Romania
2mon ago
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Dr Monica BUTNARIU
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
chemist
Banat's University Timisoara
doctor habilitate, professor
Timisoara, Romania
2mon ago
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Dr Monica BUTNARIU
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
chemist
Banat's University Timisoara
doctor habilitate, professor
Timisoara, Romania
2mon ago
the quality of research information
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
Dr Monica BUTNARIU
chemist
Banat's University Timisoara
doctor habilitate, professor
Timisoara, Romania
2mon ago
Very important, but we have to relate to research
Faruk Skenderi
Faruk Skenderi
MD, MSc
University of Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegowina
2mon ago
Not only impact factor affects author's decision. Sometimes authors decide depending on how fast is the review or publication, or how thorough is peer review, or how much readers the journal has, etc.

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Dr Vijayan K Pillai
Dr Vijayan K Pillai
Ph.D
University of Texas at Arlington
Professor
Arlington, Texas, United States
2mon ago
I think most people have a rather reasonable assessment of the value of their scientific work. If they rate their work as being medium, they are more likely to submit it to a medium tier journal. That way, impact scores, do play a role in self sorting at the gateway.
Dr Spiros Vlahopoulos
Dr Spiros Vlahopoulos
MS, PhD
University of Athens
Biologist
Athens, Attica, Greece
2mon ago
Impact factor is very significant; however the technical competence of the journal can become more important for a scientific article in the long run.
Mr. Ajay Kumar
Mr. Ajay Kumar
PhD
Himachal Pradesh University
yes the technical competency of the journal is very important
2mon ago
Andrzej Prystupa
Andrzej Prystupa
Prof
Medical University of Lublin
Prof
Lublin, Lublin, Poland
2mon ago
Very important because I must colect points during my work in the University.
Mr. Ajay Kumar
Mr. Ajay Kumar
PhD
Himachal Pradesh University
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
2mon ago
Impact factor is very important; but the technical competence of the journal is more important in longer run
Mr. Ajay Kumar
Mr. Ajay Kumar
PhD
Himachal Pradesh University
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
2mon ago
nope
Dr. Robert Rahimi
Dr. Robert Rahimi
MD, MSCR
Baylor University Medical Center
Assistant Professor
Dallas, Texas, United States
2mon ago
The author has to have honest insight on the importance of their work. As expected most authors assume their work is important however if its retrospective in nature there are many limitations and usually prospective multi center studies have higher merit and value to submit to a higher impact journal that might be accepted.
mokrani slimane
mokrani slimane
phD
Bejaia university
Bejaia, bejaia, Algeria
2mon ago
Y think that is depending on the quality of your manuscrit
Dr. Arati Sharma
Dr. Arati Sharma
MDS
BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
Dharan , Nepal
2mon ago
It is true that impact factor of a Journal is an important factor, but then there is more chance of rejection. So, when submitting my manuscript I first look at the scope of the journal wether it matches with my manuscript or not.
Ms. Mopa Sooro
Ms. Mopa Sooro
MD
China Pharmaceutical University
Graduate Research Student
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
2mon ago
Since the impact factor shows the volume of citation the journal gets, it is very crucial to consider a high impact factor journal for the work that you believe deserves high profile viewing. There are recently many journals and one does not want to waste their time and energy in publishing in a journal where the work may not be seen.
Dr. Oleksiy V Penkov
Dr. Oleksiy V Penkov
Ph.D.
Yonsei University
Seoul, Korea
2mon ago
Sometimes the selection of a journal really depends on your funding/institution. For example, in Korea, some government funding agencies recure to publish results only in the top 10% journals. Otherwise, your fund would be cut. As the result, people struggle to be published in the high-impact journal only.
Dr. Samir S Shoughy
Dr. Samir S Shoughy
MD
The Eye Center and The Eye Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2mon ago
The impact factor is of great importance of course, however, the scope of the journal and subspeciality are important factors to consider.
DR. Edera Piana
DR. Edera Piana
Day Hospital Oncologico
Italy
2mon ago
Yes but I must know my limits. If I think that my manuscript is obiectively a good one , I point towards a Journal with a significant impact factor. If my article is rejected , I shall try a journal with a minor impact factor.
Professor  Haitham Torky
Professor Haitham Torky
M.D.
6th October University
Professor
Cairo, Egypt
2mon ago
The originality and practical importance in the field are important factors in the evaluation of the manuscript by the author before choosing the journal; however, impact factor is one of the important criteria in choosing which journal to submit the manuscript
Antonio Simone Laganà
Antonio Simone Laganà
MD
University of Insubria
Medical Doctor
Varese, Italy
2mon ago
It is very important.
Reinaldo S. dos Santos
Reinaldo S. dos Santos
Msc, PhD
Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
Postdoctoral researcher
Elche, Alicante, Spain
2mon ago
Although the impact factor is an important factor when deciding where to publish, I believe that publishing in prestigious journals within the field is as - if not more - important.
Dr. Roddy Hiram
Dr. Roddy Hiram
PhD
Montreal Heart Institute
I agree
2mon ago
Elalfy Mohamed
Elalfy Mohamed
MD
Mansoura University
Dr
Mansoura, Dakahlia, Egypt
2mon ago
According to the actual value of your research
Patrizio Tressoldi
Patrizio Tressoldi
PhD
Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Università di Padova
Researcher
Padova, Italy
2mon ago
In my experience it is better to submit and wait the response than self-judging the appropriateness of the manuscript. The present peer-review system is obsolete and it is more a roulette than a fair process of quality check.
Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Hefny
Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Hefny
PhD
Suez Canal University
Professor
Ismailia, Ismailia, Egypt
2mon ago
Impact factor is very important but also the scope of the journal is an added value.
Dr Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta
Dr Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta
MD
Michigan State University/Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professorc
Kalamazoo, MI, United States
2mon ago
Impact factor is one of the ways we check the value/credibility of the Journal.
Dr. Hongchang Cui
Dr. Hongchang Cui
PhD
Florida State University
Associate Professor
Tallahassee, FL, United States
2mon ago
Although impact factor is not a perfect gauge of a journal and your paper, it is still the most reliable and objective measurement used by most researchers, institutions and funding agencies, and so I take it seriously when choosing journals to submit my manuscripts.
Leonardo Ferreira
Leonardo Ferreira
PhD
UCSF
San Francisco, California, United States
2mon ago
Impact factor is important not just as a proxy for prestige, but also as a proxy for how much press the paper will get and how high it will be in the queue of papers to read by people. Time is limited.
Ville Pitkäkangas
Ville Pitkäkangas
Ylivieska, Finland
2mon ago
The impact factor is important, but perhaps the scope of the journal matters more.
Professor Babak Abdinia
Professor Babak Abdinia
MD
Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
Professor
TABRIZ, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
2mon ago

The impact factor is the most important reason for choosing journal.

Dr Farouk Benmediouni
Dr Farouk Benmediouni
MD
University of Algiers 1
Assistant professor
2mon ago
Dear,
The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year.
For example : to calculate the IF of a journal in 2018
Follow the equation bellow
2018 IF= the number of times articles published in 2016 and 2017 were cited by indexed journals during 2018 / the total number of citable items published in 2016 and 2017.
I hope that it can help !!
Best wishes,
abtie abebaw
abtie abebaw
Debre Markos University
Mr
Debre Markos, Amhara, Ethiopia
2mon ago
Your question is very relevant for the researchers. your manscrbit quality also matter. Ideally the publications should be published in good quality journals with high impact factor.
abtie abebaw
abtie abebaw
Debre Markos University
Mr
Debre Markos, Amhara, Ethiopia
2mon ago
Your question is very important for the researchers. Your manuscript quality also matter. One of measurements for good quality journals is high impact factor.
Ghada Bin Saleh
Ghada Bin Saleh
Ministry of health
Mr
Riyadh , Saudi Arabia
2mon ago
Actually, when I decide to submit an article the first thing I concern about is the impact factor of the journal. If my article get accepted by strong journal that mean my article is strong too.
Mostafa Dianatinasab
Mostafa Dianatinasab
MSc
Shahroud University of Medical Sciences
Thank you. But for me the quality of a journal (Q1 or Q2) is the most important factor
2mon ago
Dr. Mohammad AbuRahmah
Dr. Mohammad AbuRahmah
MD
King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre / Alfaisal University
Assistant Professor of Surgery / Consultant Bariatric, MIS and GI oncology Surgeon
Riyadh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2mon ago
Well, it is complicated question that would not have a straightforward answer.

I choose the journal based on my work. If the paper is strong, I go for strong journals that have high impact factor.

Considering the local journals for specific geographic regions and specific specialities is also one of the important factors too, even if the impact factor is low.
Dr. Virginia Mareco
Dr. Virginia Mareco
MD
Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, EPE
Radiation Oncologist
Lisbon, Portugal
2mon ago
Read the author guidelines of each journal, see similar articles, rate the impact of your research for the Literature.
Dr. Roddy Hiram
Dr. Roddy Hiram
PhD
Montreal Heart Institute
Post-Doctorate Fellow
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2mon ago
To answer this question I would take the example of a lab with low finances, low budgets, but very serious, hard working, and making real science...

May be "lack of money" will be a barrier for them to publish in very high IF journals because of the higher standards (costly technics, multicentric study, etc)

This lab may have more chance publishing in low IF journal to then, with the perspective of using these records for grants, and then be more "capable" to reach higher standards.

In contrast, a lab with money is expected to put together all modern technical skills in order to "easily" publish in High IF journals.

Of course, various other aspects are taken in count when comes the time to choose a journal, I was just exploring the "financial" side of the dice.
Assistant  Professor Tawanda Machingura
Assistant Professor Tawanda Machingura
PhD (candidate )
Bond University
Asst Professor
Gold Coast, Australia
2mon ago
Impact factor is important for the right class of journal. What i mean is first consider the readership/ audience of your research. Who is your audience/ customer? Which journals do they read. The impact factor might not be the highest but if that is the journal your targetted audience reads then that should be your target.
Rodolfo Daniel Cervantes-Villagrana
Rodolfo Daniel Cervantes-Villagrana
PhD
Cinvestav-IPN
CDMX, Mexico
2mon ago

Dear Gurinder 

I believe that the impact factor should not be so important, I consider it more important to choose prestigious journals for their rigor and historical contribution, I like the list of selected journals in the NATURE INDEX (https://www.natureindex.com/faq#journals)

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