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The Impact of the Impact Factor

Anne Katz
ONF 2012, 39(5), 427 DOI: 10.1188/12.ONF.427

The weather was hot and sunny on the summer day when I checked my e-mail and saw the great news that the Oncology Nursing Forum (ONF) had received the highest-rated impact factor among nursing journals for 2011! Needless to say, my day suddenly got a whole lot sunnier. Actually, I think I did a little dance around the room before e-mailing the Publications team at the Oncology Nursing Society, telling my husband, and posting the great news on Facebook and Twitter. After that, I sat down to think about what it all meant.


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Thomson Reuters. (2012). 2011 journal citation reports. Retrieved from <a target="_blank" href='http://bit.ly/NlIf7r'>http://bit.ly/NlIf7r</a>