Impact Factors

Impact Factors

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Validating Our Academic Data For The Book on Near Death Experiences

Many Journals include what are called “Impact Factors.” The “Impact Factor” was designed to provide individuals with an idea of the strength and quality of an academic paper. The score is based on a scale of 0 – 10. Zero is the absolute worst ranking. The medical communities pay attention to these digits to validate a journal as credible.

The vast majority of publications receive a low “Impact factor.”  Journals that are receiving the score between 1 to 3 are considered less prestigious. Nevertheless, they are not to be discounted and considered credible by most. Keep in mind that having your paper in a journal with a low “Impact Factor” does not always represent the quality of the submitted papers. Numbers above three on the “Impact Factor” are seen as modestly prestigious, and the most revered scientists publish in journals with high “Impact factors.”

The “Impact Factor” gives us an accurate portrayal of the work that scientists publish. Journals with a lower “Impact factor” are more excepting of work built on mainstream topics.

Near Death Experiences (NDE) discuss topics that the scientific community usually dismiss. Many scientists quickly discredit psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals that publish material on Near Death Experiences. Those that take a stance on these issues have a hard time publishing papers in prestigious journals. They often have to submit their findings in lower quality journals.

The only warning I would give is to be aware of journals with the ranking close to 0. These journals typically offer very little research that will verify or inform you on the topic you are researching or reading.

Most articles receive a score that rate between 0 – and 1%. Journals that are receiving the score that is between 1 to 3 are considered less prestigious but not something to ignore. Keep in mind that having your paper in a journal with a low “Impact Factor” does not always represent the quality of the academic writing. Most researchers consider numbers 1 – 3 to be moderately revered. Of course, this is on a  scale of 1 – 10, 10 being the highest level of academic prestige.

One should also realize that the world was once considered to be flat. Only heretics believed in evolution, and the earth was the center of the universe. Therefore, do not dismiss academic work based solely on a calculated number.

When the book on NDE(s) is released, we will include citations, sources, and even the “Impact factors.” We are writing a book built on science, theology, philosophy, personal stories, and religion. Our goal is to provide you- not with lies- but the truth in an unbiased manner.

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