Answered By: Dave Harmeyer
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2020     Views: 8

Example: The Impact Factor of 10.632 for the journal, Academy of Management Review for 2018, indicates that, on average, the articles published in this journal in the past two years have been cited about 10.632 times.

In theory, the higher the impact factor, the more highly ranked the journal. The top 5% of journals (about 610 journals) have impact factors approximately equal to or greater than 6. About two-thirds of journals have a 2017 impact factor equal to or greater than 1.

The database Journal Citation Reports (JCR) tracks all journal impact factors and rankings of journals in the social and life sciences based on millions of citations. APU does not currently subscribe to JCR.

One way to find out the impact factor of a journal is to visit the journal's website. Often publishers of a journal will indicate the most recent impact factor. For example:

For more information about impact factors go to: