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SAGE Releases 5-Year Impact Factors for SBS Journals

SAGE published 5-year Journal Impact Factors (JIFs) for all of its social and behavioral science (SBS) journals. The press release states, “This is the second year that SAGE has published JIF data from a five-year period in a move to widen the conversation about alternative measurements of research articles that better demonstrate their impact. SAGE believes that while citation data cannot reflect this impact in its entirety, it provides a longer-term and more balanced picture than the standard two-year measure. This conversation is particularly pertinent in SBS, where citations are often slower to accrue and the true measure of impact resonates far beyond the academy.”

“Social and behavioral science has the power to shape public understanding, bring about policy change, and drive collective action around the most pressing social issues of our time—something we have witnessed now more than ever as society navigates the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and works toward racial equality,” says Ziyad Marar, SAGE’s president of global publishing. “However, this is not always reflected in well-established research metrics. Our five-year JIFs are just one step toward achieving a broader perspective on research impact that truly recognizes the wide-reaching value of the social and behavioral sciences.” 

For more information, read the press release.

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