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Evaluating journal impact

Journal impact factors are measures produced using citation data, and sometimes expert review. Impact factors aim to gauge and demonstrate a journal’s contribution to research within the academic community.

Journal Citation Reports

  • Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is available via ISI Web of Knowledge. A range of journal impact data is presented including the longstanding ISI 'Impact Factor', and the Eigenfactor Score.
  • The Eigenfactor Project is a non-commercial academic research project sponsored by the University of Washington. It measures journal impact based on data retrieved from Journal Citation Reports.

Scopus Journal Analyzer

  • The Scopus Journal Analyzer is available via Scopus. This tool presents the SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) as well as other journal metrics such as number of documents and number of citations. Up to 10 journals may be selected and their relative metrics viewed in graph form.
  • The SJR is a metric produced by SCImago based on data retrieved from Scopus. SCImago is a research group from the University of Granada in Spain.

Identifying quality journals in a category/field/area of research

You will probably be aware of certain journals in your field, and their reputation for quality. If you're interested in seeing if there are other quality journals in your area of research try these tools.

  • Journal Citation Reports also provides lists of journals in different fields; these lists are ranked by Impact Factor (see below for more on the Impact Factor)
  • Use Google Scholar Metrics to see ranked lists of journals in different fields. You can also search for journals using keywords.
  • Scimago Journal Rankings also provides ranked lists of journals in different fields
  • The Australian Business Dean's Council's Master Journal List, is useful for assessing the quality of journals related to business.

Bond University's Preferred Journal List

Identifying journals based on a title/abstract

These tools can help you identify potential journals, based on the title/abstract of your project.

  • Elsevier - Journal Insights.  Journal metrics provide extra insight into three aspects of Elsevier journals – impact, speed and reach – to help authors select a journal when submitting an article for publication. Go to 'Find other journals' and enter a journal title.
  • Edanz Journal Selector. Select Abstract/Keywords, then paste in your abstract or project description.
  • Jane (Journal/Author Name Estimator). This tool finds potential journals based on the database PubMed, so will be most helpful for researchers in the health sciences or medicine.
  • Elsevier Journal Finder. Identify Elsevier journals that might be suitable for you to publish in.
  • SpringerNature Journal Suggestor. Identify SpringerNature journals that might be suitable for you to publish in.
  • EndNote Manuscript Matcher. Users of EndNote, see the video on this page for how to use the Manuscript Matcher.
Research impact and engagement