How could we increase the impact factor of our journal?


  • Olivier Mamavi, Editor-in-chief, Associate professor in competitive intelligence at ICD Business School, Paris, France

The impact factor of a scientific journals is a measure illustrating the average number of citations of articles published in a journal. The impact factor is frequently used as a reference to determine the relative importance of a journal within its field. So, how could we increase the impact factor of our journal?

Management & Data Science is an open access (OA) journal. Four main factors support this position in the management research field : visibility, cost, prestige, and rapidity. Indeed, one study showed that full-text downloads of OA papers were 89% higher, PDF downloads were 42% higher, and unique visitors were 23% higher compare to subscription-access articles. Additionally, Management & Data Science is free access and will be available to educators and the general public, most of whom do not have access to expensive journal subscriptions.

Full in english

Management & Data Science is a french journal. We agree with Frédéric Bouchard opinion, dean of the faculty of arts at Université de Montréal and president of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Canada’s French-language association for the advancement of science):

“It is important for all societies to have a research community that is capable of expressing itself in its own language.”

Whether its position is understandable and right in many field, we believe that in Management & Data Science offers an alternative language to publish some papers in english for several reasons.

  • French-speaking researchers are increasingly publishing their scientific articles in English.
  • English is now so prevalent that in some non-English speaking countries, such as Germany, France, and Spain, English-language academic papers outnumber publications in the country’s own language several times over.
  • Scientists who want to produce influential, globally recognized work most likely need to publish in English. More the gulf between English and the other languages means that non-English articles, when they get written, most of them may reach a more limited audience.
  • We can reach the broadest possible audience and get indexed in places like Scopus (which focuses heavily on English-language journals and requires at least abstracts to be in English).

About this issue

In this issue, we have very interesting opinions from two experts. Fist one, from Matt ADCOCK, it’s time to get ready for augmented reality. Second one, from Louise KELLY and Kate LETHEREN, voice assistants will have to build trust before we’re comfortable with them tracking us.

Stéphanie HERAULT, Amélie CLAUZEL and Madeleine BESSON‘s research article analyzed the relationships between intrusion, perceived control and resistance in a context of exposure to display mobile advertising. This qualitative study confirms the multi-dimensionality of the perceived control concept as well as the occurrence of resistance behaviors due to a user lack of control.

In another study, Hajer KEFI, Talel ABDESSALEM and Sitesh INDRA opted a design science approach to develop an analytical framework of social media capabilities of the firm. The approach has been applied in the case of five brands in the cosmetics industry using social network analysis, consumer engagement, descriptive statistics and sentiment analysis. The findings allow us to enlighten the competitive positioning of these brands during the study period .