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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:
- Use other ranking tools that supplement Scopus and SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)
- Use other ways to assess a journal's impact
- 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
- ABDC (Australian Business Dean’s Council) Journal Quality List: Categorises business journals into four categories of quality: A*, A, B and C (Note: You will be asked to register your email before viewing the list for the first time).
- Eigenfactor: Scores journals indexed in Web of Science, using a 5-year citation window weighted towards highly ranked journals.
- ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences): Lists Humanities and Social Sciences journals, which must meet minimum requirements to be included.
- ERA Journal Rankings: Lists scholarly, peer reviewed journals publishing original research, identified by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). This Deakin University site collates the list in a more convenient format. The ranking system of A*, A, B, C was discontinued after the 2010 list and is not a current indicator of quality.
- Harzing Journal Quality List: Collates the rankings of predominantly business journals from a variety of sources.
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?
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Last updated on Tuesday 15 June 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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