Optimising your research impact

Learn how to optimise your research impact using traditional and emerging metrics..

What are Journal Metrics?

Journal Metrics measure the influence and research impact of journals. The measures are predominately based on citation counts. Journal metrics are used by researchers to identify the most appropriate and influential journals in which to publish and to track citation patterns to make strategic and funding decisions.

Scopus Compare Journals

Scopus Compare Journals is a tool to analyse and compare journal performance across a range of citation metrics. The information in Compare Journals is derived from citation data in Scopus (Elsevier). Up to 10 journals can be compared. 

Compare Journals calculates:

Web of Science Journal Impact Factor (JIF)

The Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is available on the Web of Science core collection. Search for the journal by publication name and click on the title. Information provided is the most recently available and a five year Impact Factor.   

It is important to note that the JIF is a journal metric and should not be used to assess individual articles, researchers or institutions. You can read more about the proper us of JIFs here.  

Scimago Journal & Country Rank

Scimago Journal & Country Rank is a free source that provides scientific indicators for journals and countries. It is based on information contained in the Scopus database and some Web of Science content from 2018. Use the drop-down menus to focus a subject search. Each title has an individual page with information and related metrics.    

The Journal Rank uses the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR). 

CWTS Journal Indicators

The Leiden University's Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) Journal Indicators provides free access to bibliometric indicators on scientific journals. Indicators are available for over 20,000 journals and are based on the Scopus bibliographic database.  

CWTS uses the indicator SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) and IPP (Impact Per Publication). 

Google Scholar Metrics

Google Scholar Metrics is a relatively new service from Google currently covering articles published in the last complete five calendar years. You can browse the top journals published in several languages and explore journals in research areas of your interest.

Journals are ranked by their five year H-index (h5-index, h5-core, and h5-median).

Cabells Journal Whitelist

Cabells Journal Whitelist is an academic journal selection tool which offers its own metrics:

  • Cabell's Classification Index (CCI) - ranks journals within each of the disciplines and topics in which it publishes, using Scopus data. The ranks are top 10% (Premier), 11-20% (Significant), and >20% (High)
  • Institutional Publishing Index (IPA) - evaluates institutions by academic discipline based on how often their articles are cited in Scopus. The highest ranking is Recognized, followed by Significant, High, and Credible. 
  • Difficulty of Acceptance (DA) - based on how often academics from institutions with the highest levels of IPA publish articles in a given journal. This metric is only available for the top 20% of journals which are ranked: top 10% (Rigorous), 11-20% (Significantly difficult), and >20% (Difficult).

Cabells also lists the following journal information not available elsewhere:
Invited articles (percentage), Acceptance rate (percentage), Time to review (months) and Time to publication (months)
NB: Not present for all journals, only where available

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