Regulatory body is a public authority or government agency resposible for excercising capacity. Unlike professional bodies, it is established on the basis of legal mandate. Regulatory body excercise regulatory function, that is: imposing requirements, restrictions and conditions, setting standards in relation to any activity, and securing compliance or enforcement.
The impact factor of journal provides quantitative assessment tool for grading, evaluating, sorting and comparing journals of similar kind. It reflects the average number of citations to recent articles published in science and social science journals in a particular year or period, and is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. It is first devised by Eugene Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information. The impact factor of a journal is evaluated by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years.
Last date updated on July, 2014