n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Evaluating the quality of science in exercise and sports medicine : editorial

Volume 25, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



With the increasing ease with which information can be obtained from the internet, it is becoming more important to be able to discern 'good quality' information from 'not-so-good' information. This even applies to scientists who are accustomed to the process of peer review. Information on the internet often breaks from convention where scientists aspire to have their research papers published in high-impact journals. The practice of striving to publish in high-impact journals is based on the assumption that high-quality research papers are associated with high impact factor (IF) journals. However, this assumption is not always fulfilled. This is because the IF of a journal was originally developed by librarians to rank journals; it was not designed as a marker of the quality of the research papers published in the journal.

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