Journal Ranking and Impact
Why is a Journal's Rank and Impact Important?
Journals vary in the impact they have on the research community. Once you know a journal’s impact, you can rank it against the impact of other journals in the field.
Check the relative impact of journals within your field so you can:
- identify where to submit articles for publication
- decide which publications to highlight in funding applications, promotion rounds and PBRF
How Do I Find a Journal's Impact and Rank?
You can find a journal's impact and rank by using:
- Scopus and SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)
- Web of Science
- Other ranking tools that supplement Scopus and SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)
- Other ways of assessing a journal's impact
Tips and Notes
Journal impact measures are:
- Controversial: using quantitative measures of selected journals may not measure quality
- Variable in coverage and methodology. Use several impact and ranking tools, particularly those recommended by your College or Research & Enterprise for specific purposes, such as PBRF.
- Best used for comparisons of journals within the same subject area. Only a few (such as the SNIP) factor disciplinary differences into the metric.
- Not an indication of the impact of an individual article or author.
- Higher for journals that include lots of review articles.
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Last updated on Monday 12 April 2021
Publish Your Research Tool Kit
Journal Metrics, Ranking, and Lists
- Google Scholar Metrics
- Scopus Journal Metrics
- SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)
- Other ranking tools that supplement Scopus & SJR
- Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory
- Choose and Apply a Creative Commons Licence
- Directories of open access publications and repositories:
Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
- Massey Research Online
- Massey Symplectic Elements
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