criteria Topic Impact factor Formal aspects Personal aspects
Impact factor A = the number of times that articles published in that journal in 2006 and 2007, were cited by articles in indexed journals during 2008. B = the total number of "citable items" published by that journal in 2006 and 2007. ("Citable items" are usually articles, reviews, proceedings, or notes; not editorials or letters to the editor.) 2008 impact factor = A/B.
Impact factor LevelIFexample Low< 1Int.Rev.Hydrobiol., Lake Reservoir Management Medium1 – 3Aquat.Sci., J.Plankt.Res., Hydrobiologia High> 3L&O, ES&T, water res. Very high> 10Nature, Science, PNAS no Wasser&Boden Level-IF relation depends on research field!!
Open access Advantages for the UFZ and the scientists more attention to the UFZ worldwide because of finding references and full text at Google or other searching machines wider spreading of scientific results of the UFZ more frequent citation because it is easier to get to the full text degree of familiarity of the UFZ and the scientist increases because of the green road it is possible to publish furthermore in high-ranking journals
Open access am UFZ The green road The implementation of open access in the UFZ will at first follow the green road. That means that authors publish as before in "traditional" journals. According to the author contract or copyright policies of the publisher the fulltext will be published a second time on the institutional repository (depending on the restrictions of the publisher the original pdf or the final draft are published). To assure the quality with open access only peer-reviewed articles and not pre-prints are archived. The golden road Step by step the green road should be merged into the golden road. That means authors should publish more and more in open access journals. Some UFZ authors already do so. Durch die Bibliothek werden Publikationen in folgenden Open-Access- Verlagen unterstützt, d.h. die Bibliothek übernimmt die anfallenden Publikationsgebühren: Copernicus Publications Springer OpenCopernicus PublicationsSpringer Open
How to decide? 1.Which level is my paper? Low, medium, high, very high? 2.Which journals exist in my field at that level? Tip: which journals do I cite? Previous experience with that journal Brouse journals: Would my article fit to the other articles published there?