From Thomson Reuters site: "The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period…The annual Journal Citation Reports impact factor is a ratio between citations and recent citable items published: a journal's impact factor is calculated by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years."
Impact factors are used
|OR for synonyms or closely related terms
quantum mechanics or quantum theory
|AND to "cross together" disparate concepts.
quantum mechanics and applications
|(Use NOT carefully to remove irrelevant results
from a search.
It's safer to use a combination of ANDs and your eyeballs.)
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