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Journal of Informetrics 2, 2 (2008) 128-135
The Reference Return Ratio
Tove Faber Frandsen 1, Jeppe Nicolaisen 1

The paper introduces a new journal impact measure called The Reference Return Ratio (3R). Unlike the traditional Journal Impact Factor (JIF), which is based on calculations of publications and citations, the new measure is based on calculations of bibliographic investments (references) and returns (citations). A comparative study of the two measures shows a strong relationship between the 3R and the JIF. Yet, the 3R appears to correct for citation habits, citation dynamics, and composition of document types – problems that typically are raised against the JIF. In addition, contrary to traditional impact measures, the 3R can not be manipulated ad infinitum through journal self-citations.
1:  Royal School of Library and Information Science (RSLIS)
Humanities and Social Sciences/Library and information sciences
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