Knowledge of journal impact factors among nursing faculty: a cross-sectional study

Maha Kumaran, Chau Ha


Objective: The research assessed nursing faculty awareness and knowledge of the journal impact factor (JIF) and its impact on their publication choices.

Methods: A qualitative cross-sectional questionnaire was developed using Fluid Survey and distributed electronically to nursing faculty and instructors at three post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan. Data were collected on place and status of employment, knowledge and awareness of JIFs, and criteria used to choose journals for publication.

Results: A total of forty-four nursing faculty and instructors completed the questionnaire. The authors found that faculty lack awareness or complete understanding of JIFs and that JIFs are not the most important or only criterion used when they choose a journal for publication.

Conclusions: There are various reasons for choosing a journal for publication. It is important for librarians to understand faculty views of JIFs and their criteria for choosing journals for publication, so that librarians are better equipped to guide researchers in considering their academic goals, needs, and personal values.


Journal Impact Factor; Nursing Faculty; Research; Publications; Saskatchewan; University of Saskatchewan; University of Regina; Saskatchewan Polytechnic; Canada

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