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Impact Factor confirms Nature is top research journal

Those who think that self-publishing/sending out a newsletter with dinosaur 
 names is just as good as publishing one's papers in a journal should  read 
the following.

8/14/2009 1:39:52 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time 
Impact Factor confirms Nature is top research journal

Journal is  highest-ranked multidisciplinary science title once again

Nature  maintains its position as the number one weekly science journal,
with a new  Impact Factor of 31.434*.  

Up from 28.751 last year, the new Impact  Factor places Nature ahead
of Science (28.103) and Cell (31.253), according  to the 2008 Journal
Citation Report (JCR). Nature also has the highest  Eigenfactor; an
alternative measure of journal impact, of all 6598 journals  included
the 2008 JCR. 

The impact factor is a measure of the  frequency with which the average
article in a journal has been cited in a  particular year. The impact
factor helps to evaluate a journal's relative  importance, especially
when compared with others in the same field.

In  a separate indicator of excellence, Nature has also been named
'journal of  the centuryâ by the BioMedical & Life Sciences Division
(DBIO) of the  Special Libraries Association (SLA). Voted for by DBIO's
686 members, the  award was given to celebrate SLAâs Centennial and
recognizes the most  influential journal of the last 100 years 

*2008 Journal  Citation Report  (Thomson Reuters, 2009)