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Journal quality

What to consider when choosing a journal

Check the following when choosing a journal to publish your research in:

Useful links for finding and assessing journals

  • Use the checklist at Think. Check. Submit. to examine whether a journal is trusted.
  • Use Cabell's to identify trusted scholarly journals in your discipline or topic area, journal acceptance rates and review times.
  • Use Publons Journal List to see which journals have a strong review history and are "endorsed" by reputable researchers and reviewers. 

Key journal metrics

Metric What is it? When should I use? Where do I access it?

Journal Impact Factor (JIF)

(Web of Science data)

Shows how often the average article is cited in a given journal, based on two-year window

5-year Impact Factor also available

When a journal is indexed in Web of Science

When you want to see journal quality by Impact Factor and journal category ranking

InCites Journal Citation Reports

Web of Science – in article search results, click on the journal title for pop-up window showing JIF and category ranking

CiteScore

(Scopus data)

Shows how often the average article is cited in a given journal, based on three-year window

 

When a journal is indexed in Scopus

Alternative to Journal Impact Factor

Scopus – in article search results, click on the journal title to access CiteScore, SJR and SNIP for that title.

Alternatively, click on ‘Compare Sources’ to compare metrics for up to 10 journals

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

(Scopus data)

Uses an algorithm where citations are weighted, based on the prestige of the journal they come from

 

 

When a journal is indexed in Scopus

Journals in disciplines with higher citation frequency (e.g. Life and Health Sciences) tend to have higher SJR values

Scopus – in article search results, click on the journal title to access CiteScore, SJR and SNIP for that title.

Alternatively, click on ‘Compare Sources’ to compare metrics for up to 10 journals

Also freely available from SCImago

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)

(Scopus data)

Normalises for citation differences between fields, using an algorithm that gives a higher value to citations in fields where citations occur less often

When a journal is indexed in Scopus

Journals in engineering, computer science and social sciences tend to have higher SNIP values

Scopus – in article search results, click on the journal title to access CiteScore, SJR and SNIP for that title.

Alternatively, click on ‘Compare Sources’ to compare metrics for up to 10 journals

Discipline-based journal rankings

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