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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.
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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 which also produces measures of 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, a research group from the University of Granada, Spain, based on data retrieved from Scopus.

Identifying quality journals in a field

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 field try these tools.

  • The Australian Business Dean's Council's Master Journal List, is useful for assessing the quality of journals related to business.
  • Use Google Scholar Metrics to see ranked lists of journals in different fields. You can also search for journals using keywords.
  • 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)
  • Scimago Journal Rankings also provides ranked lists of journals in different fields

Bond University's Preferred Journal List

The Bond University Preferred Journal list denotes quality peer reviewed journals that generally represent the top 30% of journal publications in each discipline.  The list is available to Bond staff and students only.


The Preferred Journal List includes the Australian Business Dean's Council's Master 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.

  • 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.

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Library Services provides support for Bond University's submissions to the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. ERA is an evaluative program of the Australian Government via the Australian Research Council. It aims to assess research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review.

Research impact and engagement