Scholarly Publishing is a subset of scholarly communication and is the more formal, written form of disseminating research and adding to the scholarly record of a discipline. Publishing provides the opportunity to:
Faculty publish to share their discoveries and to organize, synthesize, and interpret information for novices in the field. However, other external pressures provide other reasons to publish.
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The Measuring Research Impact guide provides more information on the metrics associated with evaluating journals, but quick links to the resources are provided here.
Impact Factor - the average number of times articles from the journal published in the last 2 years have been cited in the JCR year. These are found in Journal Citation Reports (JCR).