For getting into medical school, any pub is fine. An IF of 3.5 is fine. Most field journals are in the range of 2-5.So I'm in high school, and an internship turned into a part-time position at a distinguished institute in NYC. My PI let me take over my project, and ultimately it turned into a paper that's getting published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, with me as the first author. When I first learned what impact factors were, I assumed that IF 3.426 was really good, but I've been reading around, and I've seen many people rate IFs of 2-5 as mediocre. I know it's good because I'm just in high school, but is that IF low? Does it mean that this journal is not particularly well-regarded, or is it more nuanced than just impact factor? Thanks!
Excellent Post!Impact factor depends on the scope of the journal. I publish only in ophthalmology journals which tend to average between 2-5. Journals with larger scope (i.e. Nature, Cell) may have impact factors >30. The more narrow the scope, the lower the impact factor, but this doesn't mean its not worthy of praise to publish in top journals in your specific field.