The best news ever, in my opinion, came in unexpectedly from from Quora forum regarding this issue. Someone asked “What is the significance of the impact factor?” and a very interesting answer came in from W.Gunn:
The best thing to do, if you’re looking for a journal in which to publish, is to ask an academic librarian in your field of study. You can also ask a senior colleague which are the respected journals in the field, but if they start talking about Impact Factor, give them a copy of the above referenced materials and go ask someone else.
Even the countries which used to include IF in assessment exercises which determine grant allocation are now moving away from using the metric.
I hope it will change the picture very soon!