Impact Factors increase for NISC titles

Posted 12 July 2017 by NISC under Announcements & Notices
Impact Factors increase for NISC titles
On 15 June 2017, Thomson Reuters announced the latest update of its Journal Citation Report (JCR), the world’s most influential resource for evaluation peer-reviewed publications and the source of annual journal metrics, including the Journal Impact Factor. 

The release of the JCR and the Impact Factor is eagerly anticipated annually by publishers and editors as the Impact Factor remains the most prestigious and widely understood metric.

NISC currently publishes almost 20% of all the African journals which receive an Impact Factor, most of which appear in the top half of the list. 

At NISC we have a long-term outlook on journal metrics, including the Impact Factor. We aim for steady improvement instead of instability. 

While individual Impact Factors do fluctuate, NISC Journals have been on an upward trajectory in recent years. While we cannot take sole responsibility for this improvement, as our editors and authors need to take the majority of the credit, we do feel that we have had an important role to play.

Average % Increase of IF Across NISC Journals 2012-2013 JCR 2013-2014 JCR 2014-2015 JCR 2016-2017 JCR
Impact Factor 32.54% 35.54% 29.35% 33.49%
5-year Impact Factor  29.32% 9.80% 35.65% 19.63%
Perhaps the most important change, in terms of bringing the Journal to a wider audience, has been its publishing in collaboration with the NISC (Pty) Ltd.
- Stan Pillar, Editor of the African Journal of Marine Science (1996-2013)
The NISC partnership has benefited the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology by bringing sustainability, additional branding and marketing, a wider reach through its websites, and the added value of expertise in the very competitive world of publishing.
- Chris Stones, IPJP Editor-in-Chief since 2003
Since 1995, NISC has systematically built up competence and the necessary capacity in all aspects of publishing high-level research journals, with the professionalism needed to flourish in the increasingly competitive world of international research publications. No other publisher in South Africa commands the necessary technical skills, experience, competence, enthusiasm and resources to the same degree as NISC, in my view.
- Graham Baker, Editor of the South African Journal of Science (1973-2008)
The biggest development in the history of Quaestiones Mathematicae was the association with NISC and to have the journal running in a very stable way without severe financial concerns.
- Barry Green, QM Editor
It has been an enriching experience working with such enthusiastic and professional people at NISC who have become more friends than business partners over the years.
- Stan Pillar, Editor of the African Journal of Marine Science (1996-2013)