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This guide explains the measures used for academic papers

Journal Impact Factor (JIF)

The Clarivate Analytics journal-level metric is the Journal Impact Factor or JIF. It is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the Journal Citation Reports year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years. The JIF is not a field-normalized metric.

IMPORTANT: The Library does not have access to the Journal Citation Reports that has the full JIF information but the current and 5-year JIF can be found in the Web of Science if the journal title is indexed in the Core Collection. 

1. Search Web of Science for the journal's title (called Publication Name)
2. Click on the journal name in any record. The name will be highlighted in yellow

screenshot showing highlighted title of journal

3. You will see a summary of information about your selected journal

screenshot of international journal of psychology showing impact factor which is .1255

Note: The journal summary may not be available for all journals. If you find that then a google search for the journal name and "impact factor" will usually work. Example:  “international journal of organizational analysis impact factor”