Metrics are quantitative measures designed to help evaluate research outputs. Some of these metrics, such as an h-index, apply to an author and their work. Other metrics, such as journal acceptance rates and impact factor, relate to the journal itself. While these metrics should not be used alone to assess the quality of a journal, they are one option available to you.
There are so many metrics that try to measure impact and prestige of scholarship and research articles. None is perfect. You'll need to decide which ones are important for you to pay attention to, and which you can do without. Knowing the norms and expectations of your discipline is also critically important.
"Well, "good" depends on several variables. First, what is her field of study? What's considered "good" in Clinical Medicine (84) is different than what is considered "good" in Mathematics (19). Some fields simply publish and cite more than others."
Impactstory Team (March 26, 2014). Four Great Reasons to Stop Caring So Much about the H-Index.
One tool that you can use to find metrics for journals in your field is Scopus. Scopus provides tools for tracking citations and author publications, but it can also be used to find journal-level metrics such as # of citations per year and impact factor.
Be aware: not all journals are indexed in Scopus. Depending on your subject specialty, you may need to use a different tool or site to find informaton about your selected journal(s).
Once you get to the main Scopus page from our link above, click on the "Sources" link on the top of the webpage:
Once you get to the Sources interface, you'll be greeted with a fairly straightforward search screen. You can choose to search for publications by Subject Area, Title, Publisher, or ISSN. We will be searching by Subject Area, the default choice.
Click on the next tab to continue, or explore the resource yourself!
To retrieve a list of journals in your subject area, Click in the "enter subject area" box on the top of the page and either start typing or browse the fields listed and select the box(es) that correspond the most closely to your subject area:
Your results will automatically be grouped by CiteScore, but you can click on any modifier on the top of the results (% Cited, SJR, # of citations) to see how the rankings change based on the metric being applied.
Use the fields on the left side of the screen to narrow your results:
You can limit by Open Access journals, trade publications, or you can choose to only display publications that have published at least x amount of documents in the past year.
Be sure to limit your search to Journals, since that is your main interest for this class.
Most of us have heard of "Impact Factor," but what is it?
A journal's Impact Factor is a proprietary, journal-level metric. It is calculated through a unique method applied by an annual publication called Journal Citation Reports, or JCR.
Some of the navigation features on InCites JCR are . Check the tabs here for easy steps on how to get started!
* Select comparison also lists Quartiles: Journals in a particular subject area are ranked by Impact factor (IF), and then the list is divided in four groups: Quartile 1 represents the top 25% of the journals in terms of highest IF. Q2 is the top 26%-50%, Q3 51%-75%, and Q4 76%-100%. You may select WHICH quartile you wish to see / compare.