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Library Research Methods: Use Journal Rankings

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Journal Rankings

When doing comprehensive research, you will want to find the most important journals in your field. In order to do this, you can look at Journal Rankings and Journal Impact Factor.

Here are some free web sites that provide journal rankings:

Eigenfactor: Ranks scholarly journals, theses, magazine and newspapers.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank: "A portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains."



In 2005, Hirsch proposed "the index h, defined as the number of papers with citation number h, as a useful index to characterize the scientific output of a researcher". One commentary on Hirsch's proposal (being called the Hirsch- or h-index) is given by Kelly & Jennions (2006). See their summary of "Important facts about the h index" on page 169.

The Web of Science section part of Fielding's Social Sciences Citation Index Database displays h-indexes for some research results. Click on the Citation Report icon to generate this.

Harzing's Publish or Perish software calculates h-index from citations retrieved from Google Scholar.


-Information based on Edinburgh University Library's Citing References, Cited Reference Searching and Journal Impact Factors

Journal Impact Factor

Have a look at this tutorial on Journal Impact Factor from the Ebling Library at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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