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Measure Scholarly Impact: Journal Metrics

Types of Metrics

  • Traditional methods like a journal's impact factor, peer review, and general reputation of journals, are still highly regarded ways of measuring a journal's quality.
  • However, because of the controversy that surrounds these methods (particularly the Impact Factor) and new ways of publishing, other methods of measuring journal quality are actively being considered and recognized by some.

Journal Impact Factor

A journal's "Impact Factor" is the best-known indicator of journal quality. It ranks journals within a field using the average number of times articles from a journal published in the past two years have been cited in the Journal Citation Report (JCR) within a particular year. This metric only applies to journals indexed in the Web of Science database.

Eigenfactor Metrics

This metric provides an alternate way of assessing a journal's relative influence. Journals are rated by the number of incoming citations, with citations from highly ranked journals ranking higher than journals of lesser quality.

Google Scholar Metrics