Other Ways to Rank a Journal and Assess Its Impact

Once you have checked Scopus, SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) or Web of Science, you can also use some other ways to rank a journal and assess its impact:

Other Ranking Tools that Supplement Scopus and SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

Start with:

  • Google Scholar Metrics
    Ranks the top 100 publications in several languages and the top 20 in specific research areas, based on their five-year h-index

Then try:

Other Ways to Assess a Journal's Impact

Although some journals are not covered by the major tools, this does not necessarily indicate lack of quality. You can also assess a journal's impact by answering the following questions:

  • Is the journal associated with a major research institution or professional body?
  • Are editorial board members significant figures within the research community?
  • Are the standards for manuscript acceptance high?
  • Is the refereeing system robust?
  • Are articles in the journal cited frequently and/or by well-regarded journals?
  • Is the journal covered by major article databases in the field?