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Impact Metrics: Journal Impact

Scientometrics, Bibliometrics, Altmetrics

Introduction

The most common metric used to evaluate the impact and importance of the journal’s research is Impact Factor.

You can use this information to determine the credibility and reliability of the articles.

For researchers, understanding the journal impact can help you decide which journal to publish your research. 


To calculate

(number of citations in a specific year) / (total number of articles published in the two preceding years)

Example

The 2013 Impact Factor of a journal is calculated by dividing all citations from 2013 with the number of articles published in 2012 and 2011. 

Journal Impact Factor

Navigate to the Journal Citation Reports.

From this page, you can compare individual journals, visualizations, changes with time, and more!

web of science journal citation reports interface

Use Scopus to find the CiteScore and other metrics such as SJR, IPP, and SNIP.

scopus sources search interface

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