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Journal metrics

Scopus - CiteScore and SJR

CiteScore, SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) are the metrics tools available to measure data through the Scopus database. This enables journals from disciplines with different citation behaviours (number and frequency of citations) to be compared.

Scopus calculates the number of citations over a four year period, divided by the number of publications to produce a CiteScore (Scopus, CiteScore 2020).

SCImago Journal Ranking (SJR) uses Scopus publications data to weight citations from prestigious journals (similar to a Google page ranking algorithm) to calculate a ranking for journals (SCImago, 2021).


Web of Science - Journal Citation Reports (JCR) - JIF

JCR - Journal Citation Reports TM uses Web of Science publications data to produce a JIF (Journal Impact Factor TM). The Impact Factor is the average number of citations to papers in a journal in one year, from articles published in any Thomson Reuters listed journal during the previous two years.

Journal Citation Reports has been disassociated from Web of Science subscriptions by the database vendor (Clarivate). Due to financial implications the University therefore does not have a current subscription to the JCR. The SCImago Journal Rank is a reliable, equally authoritative alternative to the JCR.

Note: the JCR impact factor should not be the only tool used by researchers to assess the usefulness of a journal. It is recommended that it be used together with informed peer review. Other measures in the JCR include:

Eigenfactor™ Score

An Eigenfactor Score is the number of current year citations to citable items from the previous five years, similar to the page rank algorithm used by Google

Article Influence™ Score

The Article Influence™ Score determines the average influence of a journal's articles over the first five years after publication, calculated as the journal's Eigenfactor Score divided by the number of articles published by the journal.

Journal Suggestion Tools

These tools use your manuscript abstract to suggest journal publication options. The first four tools linked below will only show journals indexed by the related publisher or provider. Hover your mouse over links to see a description of the tool. 


Journal Details

Ulrichsweb (a Library subscribed eResource) may be used to investigate the details of journals, such as peer-review, previous title, open access status, print or online availability etc.

If you have found a journal that you think you would like to submit your research to for publication but it does not appear in any of the tools above, review it using TEQSA's Predatory publishing: A to Z elements (2022) infographic linked below. 

Use the Think Check Submit tool below (click on image) to evaluating a journal's quality and potential usefulness for your purpose.

Think Check Submit

Open Access Journals

Increase the reach and audience for your research by publishing in Open Access journals.




Further Information