Bibliometric indicators and core journals in physical and rehabilitation medicine
Franco Franchignoni, Susana Muñoz Lasa
Background and objective: The concept of the “standing” of scientific journals (in terms of influence, prestige, popularity, etc.) is multi-dimensional and cannot be captured adequately by a single indicator. The aim of this report is to compare and comment on different bibliometric indicators related to some leading journals in rehabilitation, in order to provide further insights regarding their practical usefulness for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
Discussion: The commonly used Journal Impact Factor and the new SCImago Journal Rank indicator are measures of average “impact per paper”. Other new measures show potentially useful complementarities with them and warrant further attention. For example, the Eigenfactor score represents a measure of total “citation impact” and seems sufficiently to express the “importance” of a journal. In fact, the information conveyed by the Eigenfactor score corresponds to a general consensus of journal status in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, as expressed by the European Consensus Committee on “International Rehabilitation Journals” and captured by a survey among European Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine researchers.
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