IBI Factor

IBI factor is a measure of evolution of a journal. It is a tool in the hands of a researcher to identify a better evolved journal either to publish his/ her research, or to source articles from, to aid his research. 
As a journal ages, it improves in various parameters like quality of articles published, standardization of review process, distribution of authors, web interface etc. IBI factor takes into account various factors and grades journals submitted to InfoBase Index for evaluation. Higher score indicates that the journal is more evolved. 
If a publisher chooses to go through the evaluation process, he can also use it as a tool to identify areas in which his/ her journal can improve.
 
IBI factor takes into account the following criteria-
1.Quality of Articles.
2.Stability of the Journal.
3.Technical Quality of the Journal.
4.Internationalization.
5.Journal Standardization and Transparency.
 
A journal can have an IBI factor anywhere between 0 and 5. IBI factor is calculated as follows-
 
A. QUALITY OF ARTICLES- 10 Points
(Total number of Original Research Articles+ Total number of review articles) X 10

(Total number of articles in the past one year)
 
 
B. STABILITY OF THE JOURNAL- 10 Points
1.Date on which 1st issue of the journal was published-
2.Total number of issues published in the past one year-
3.Has there ever been a delayed issue-
4.If yes duration/ average duration of delay of issue/ issues-
 
 
C. TECHNICAL QUALITY- 10 Points
1.Does the journal have an ISSN number-
2.Does the journal have a website-
3.Are full text articles available online-
4.Are abstracts available in English ( If the journal is published in a language other than English)
5.Formats in which articles are made available in the website-
Format Yes/No
HTML  
PDF  
XML  
6.Tools made available to authors on the website for managing bibliographic information-
Tools Yes/No
Ref Works  
End Note  
Bibe Text  
Ref Man  
Others If others, please mention which one.
7.Does the journal assign DOI numbers to articles-
8.Does the journal website provide download statistics-
9.Does the journal have both print and online versions-
 
 
D. INTERNATIONALIZATION- 10 points
1.Percentage of international editors in the editorial board-
2.Percentage of international reviewers-
3.Percentage of international authors-
 
 
E. JOURNAL STANDARDIZATION- 10 Points
1. Review procedure-
Type of Review Procedure Yes/No
Double Blind Peer Review  
Single Blind Peer Review  
Review by editorial board members  
Other If others, please explain.
2. Does author submit Originality or Copyright form-
3. Does author declare sources of financing-
4. Does the journal display the format in which an article published in its journal can be cited           
    (How to cite this article)-
5. Does the journal display CC licence-
6. Does the journal have digital archiving facility (CLOCKSS, LOCKSS, PMC etc)-
     If yes mention the service provider for digital archiving-
7. Does the journal publish list of reviewers along with their Email IDs
8. Does the journal display the contact details of its editors
9. Does the journal have a policy to prevent plagiarism? Y/N
    If yes please provide the link to the web page explaining the same-
10. Does the journal takes steps to prevent ghost writing? Y/N
      If yes please provide the link to the web page explaining the same-
 
IBI Factor=      A+B+C+D+E
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                                     10 
 
 
Procedure for calculating IBI factor is evolving constantly. Criteria and scoring will change as IBI factor evolves. Publishers are required to submit their journals periodically with latest data about their journal every year so that IBI factor will be calculated annually and displayed accordingly in InfoBase Index website.