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Publishing your research: Impact Factors and other journal ranking tools

How do I access Impact Factors?

Impact factor tables are available through the Journal Citation Reports database via the Web of Knowledge.

A journal's impact factor is based on how often articles published in that journal during the previous two years were cited by articles published in the most recent year for which JCR data is available.  The impact factor (IF) reflects the average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal.  

Note: For many disciplines, JCR has limited coverage and does not include Humanities journals.

See “The Thomson Reuters Impact Factor essay” for further information.

Training on impact factors and the JCR


Start with this brief tutorial on impact factors from Clarivate Analytics: 


A library guide on Journal Citation Reports from Clarivate Analytics includes more tutorials, class recordings and print guides.


Register for Live Training provided by Clarivate Analytics

Compare journals on Scopus


These journal metrics are available on Scopus:

  • Citescore is a journal ranking tool introduced by Elsevier in 2016. See for  more information. 
  • The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) metric values journal citations based on the subject field, and the quality and reputation of the journal.
  • The Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) journal metric graph shows contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in given subject area.

View this video on how to compare journals on Scopus:



Scopus training & more information on Scopus metrics

See this section of the Scopus libraryguide


More information on Research Metrics from Elsevier:

Discipline specific journal ranking tools

The following resources may also be useful for specific disciplines. 

European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences - ERIH Plus

Originally developed by the European Science Foundation's subgroup for the Humanities, this list has been extended to include the social sciences, and is now maintained by the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (the NSD).

ABS Journal Quality Guide

Compiled by the Association of Business Schools - Journal Quality List 59th Edition, 24 April 2017, compiled and edited by Prof. Anne-Wil Harzing

Compiles rankings of journals from various sources in the areas of Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management, and Marketing.

50 Journals used in FT Research Rank

The 50 journals used by the Financial Times in compiling the FT Research rank

JANE (Journal Author Name Estimator)

A resource for Health Sciences 

Washington and Lee Law Journal Ranking

The Law Journal Rankings Project from Washington and Lee University Law Library

Discipline Ranking Lists

A detailed guide compiled by Western Illinois University Libraries


Other journal ranking tools

See Module 3 of the MyRI tutorial, Journal Ranking and Analysis, for more information on JCR, Scopus tools (excluding Citescore) and other journal ranking tools:

See also the MyRI Journal Ranking Tools datasheet


Expert view on journal metrics webinar June 2017 - presented by Taylor & Francis