Vanclay JK. Impact factor: outdated artefact or stepping-stone to journal certification? Scientometrics 2012;92(2):211-238
The author discusses several weaknesses of the impact factor, the ways to amend some of them, and reveals indications that the scientific community seeks and needs better certification of journal procedures to improve the quality of published science. Journal editors should collaborate to introduce a journal certification system as a comprehensive certification of editorial and review procedures could help ensure adequate procedures to detect duplicate and fraudulent submissions.