The tools below can help you compare quantitative, citation-based metrics for journals to which you are considering sending a manuscript.
You may also want to look for journal rankings created by university departments or professional organizations in your field (tip: try Googling something like journal rankings in [field]). These may be tricky to find or may not exist at all, but they can be useful if your field is not well covered in popular tools, or if you believe these tools do not fairly and accurately represent your field.
Note that citation-based metrics can be useful for specific purposes, but they should not be used as a proxy measure for an individual article or individual researcher, nor do they represent the actual "quality" of a journal.
Data Source: Clarivate's Web of Science database
Availability: Found through JCR: Journal Citation Reports from the SHSU Library
What It Is: Ratio comparing number of citations a journal received to the total number of “citable items” in that journal; default covers 2 years, 5-year also available.
Tip for Searching: Be PRECISE, e.g., & versus and; try variations or search by Title Word instead of Full Journal Title.
What It Does Measure:
What It Does Not Measure:
Criticisms and Limitations to be Aware of:
See also Eigenfactor (gives different weight to individual citations, e.g., "not all citations are created equal")
Data source: Elsevier's Scopus database
Availability: Freely available (even though SHSU does not subscribe to Scopus)
What It Is: Citation-based ratio similar to Impact Factor, but some journals may have a CiteScore and not an Impact Factor
For additional graphs and details, see also:
Cabell's Classification Index: Contextual sense of a journal's citation rates; example below, journal is in top 10% in its field in terms of citation distribution. Clicking on the main discipline brings up specific topics and the journal's rank within each.
Difficulty of Acceptance: Relative sense of a journal's acceptance rate within its field.
This video explains the meaning of Cabell's unique metrics and how they are derived.
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