BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) - Peer-reviewed journals are used to disseminate important research findings to the scientific community.
In order to achieve the greatest possible impact, investigators aim to publish their work in top tier journals. One measure of impact is the number of times an article is cited after publication. A higher number of citations is viewed as an indicator of the importance of the research. Having a research article cited by multiple sources facilitates the dissemination of its message among the medical community and encourages its application to patient care. The rate of citation is also a surrogate marker for the impact of the journal publishing the article. This ‘impact factor’ is calculated as the mean number of citations per year for all articles published in a particular journal in the previous 2 years  and is used to compare impact between scientific journals...View or save the full text Mini Review as a .pdf file
Daniel L. Willis,* Clint D. Bahler,† Molly M. Neuberger* and Philipp Dahm*
*Department of Urology, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA, and †Department of Urology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA
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