The Universal Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a given period of time. The impact factor is used as standard dimension and the relative importance of a scientific journal within its field. The Universal Impact Factor is calculated by several scientific methods.
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Authors and research scholars normally wants to obtain quantitative measures of journals' quality and to know how different journals compare in these measures. The Universal Imfact Factor, a number calculated annually for each scientific journal based on the average number of times its articles have been referenced in other articles, was never intended to be used to evaluate individual scientists, but rather as a measure of journal quality. The impact factor is used for comparison of different journals within a certain field. The impact factor is dependent on discipline, perhaps because of the speed with which papers get cited in a field.