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Language Matters

Basic Journal Info


United Kingdom
Journal ISSN: 10228195
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
History: 1991-ongoing
Journal Hompage: Link
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Language Matters

Impact Factor


Impact Factor


Impact Factor



The purpose of Language Matters is to provide a journal of international standing with a unique African flavour focusing on multilingualism in Africa. Although the journal contributes to the language debate on all African languages, sub-Saharan Africa and issues related to multilingualism in the southern African context are the journal’s specific domains. The journal seeks to promote the dissemination of ideas, points of view, teaching strategies and research on different aspects of African languages, providing a forum for discussion on the whole spectrum of language usage and debate in Africa. The journal endorses a multidisciplinary approach to the study of language and welcomes contributions not only from sociolinguists, psycholinguists and the like, but also from educationalists, language practitioners, computer analysts, engineers or scholars with a genuine interest in and contribution to the study of language. All contributions are critically reviewed by at least two referees. Although the general focus remains on multilingualism and related issues, one of the three issues of Language Matters published each year is a special thematic edition on Language Politics in Africa. These special issues embrace a wide spectrum of language matters of current relevance in Southern Africa.

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2-year Impact Factor Trend
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3-year Impact Factor Trend
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4-year Impact Factor Trend
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Impact Factor

The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a scientometric factor based on the yearly average number of citations on articles published by a particular journal in the last two years. In other words, the impact factor of 2020 is the average of the number of cited publications divided by the citable publications of a journal. A journal impact factor is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. Normally, journals with higher impact factors are often deemed to have more influence than those with lower ones. However, the science community has also noted that review articles typically are more citable than research articles.

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Impact Factor History
  • 2019 Impact Factor 0.125
  • 2018 Impact Factor 0.200
  • 2017 Impact Factor 0.167
  • 2016 Impact Factor 0.143
  • 2015 Impact Factor 0.476
  • 2014 Impact Factor 0.444
  • 2013 Impact Factor 0.345
  • 2012 Impact Factor 0.500
  • 2011 Impact Factor 0.258
  • 2010 Impact Factor 0.281
  • 2009 Impact Factor 0.147
  • 2008 Impact Factor 0.138
  • 2007 Impact Factor 0.037
  • 2006 Impact Factor 0.073
  • 2005 Impact Factor 0.083
  • 2004 Impact Factor 0.000
  • 2003 Impact Factor 0.000
  • 2002 Impact Factor 0.118
  • 2001 Impact Factor 0.000
  • 2000 Impact Factor 0.056
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Other Journal Impact Indicator

Any journal impact factor or scientometric indicator alone will not give you the full picture of a science journal. That’s why every year, scholars review current metrics to improve upon them and sometimes come up with new ones. There are also other factors to sider for example, H-Index, Self-Citation Ratio, SJR (SCImago Journal Rank Indicator) and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper). Researchers may also consider the practical aspect of a journal such as publication fees, acceptance rate, review speed.

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The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications


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SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR indicator) is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from.