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How to Find Journal Metrics

Traditional measurements of journal quality have used a range of methods, the most important of which are the journal’s Impact Factor (based on Web of Science), the SCIMago Journal Rank (Scopus) and the Eigenfactor AI score. New measures include Google Scholar metrics.

Standard Measures

Standard measures are:

  • SJR, CiteScore, SNIP (Scopus)
  • SJR (SCIMago Journal and Country Rank)
  • Impact Factor (Journal Citation Reports)
  • The Eigenfactor AI score (Eigenfactor)
  • Google Scholar Metrics (Google Scholar)
Scopus

Gives the SJR (SCIMago Journal Rank), CiteScore and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) metrics.

Go to Compare Journals and type the title of the journal you are interested in, and click the search icon. To create comparative graphs or tables, users can mark up to 10 records.

Graphs/Tables include:

  • SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper - corrects for differences in the frequency of citations across research fields
  • SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) - reflects prestige of source: value of weighted citations per document
SCImago Journal & Country Rank

The SJR reflects the prestige of the source and the value of the weighted citations per document. The SJR also gives a journal’s h-index.

Journal Citation Reports

From Web of Science. Gives Impact factors and Quartile Rankings.

See How to Find Citations for further help.

  • Search by year and subject category, then choose your category
  • In Category, choose Select Edition (Sciences(SCIE) /Social Sciences(SSCI)) if you wish
  • Go to Select Categories on the left hand navigation bar for an alphabetical list. Tick the box for your subject and click Submit
  • Click on the number beside the heading Edition

This gives you the ranked list of journals with their impact factors.

Some journals in Web of Science are now live-linked to Journal Citation Reports

  • Search by Author
  • Choose correct form of name
  • Look at results
  • Click on journal title
  • Journal Citation Report information appears.
Eigenfactor

Ranks the quality and impact of journals. Journals are considered to be influential if they are cited often by other influential journals. The AI score is comparable with Impact factor.

Google Scholar Metrics

For specific research areas select a broad subject area and look at the subcategories.

See How to Find Citations for further help.

  • Choose Metrics (from Search page)
  • Top Publications
  • Choose language from drop-down box at right