Journal Impact Factors – Update!

As CSU no longer has access to Journal Citation Reports (JCR), we’ve received many queries about how to find information on the relative quality of journals. To help you guys out, we’ve put together a bit of a run-through of how to go about it!

There are two tools that can be used to gain information either derived from or similar to JCR. 

The first option is to use ISI Web of Science (WoS) to discover the category and quartile rank of a journal in JCR. This can be done by conducting a publication search in WoS to locate the publication of interest to you.

To begin, access WoS through the CSU Library’s databases page, or via this link:

In WoS, change the search criteria from ‘Topic’ to ‘Publication Name’ (you can also search for a particular article if you prefer):

Type the name of your journal into the search box and select ‘Search’. This will display articles which have been published in that journal.

Within the results from that journal click on the hyperlinked journal title:

This will bring up a dialog box with further information about the journal, including the category(ies) it is listed in within JCR and a quartile score for each category:
The second option is to use Scimago Journal and Country Rank (SJR), which is based on Scopus data, to get various journal metrics

To begin with, locate SJR here (or you can do a Google search for ‘SJR’):

In SJR conduct a search for your journal using the search tool, making sure that you are in the journal ranking tool and not the country ranking tool:

If there are multiple results for your search, select the one that corresponds to your journal.

On the next page, SJR provides you with a number of metrics for your journal, including an H-index (the number of articles n, that have that number of citations, n), and a quartile chart for each category that the journal is in based on its SJR score:

In this case the journal only appears in one category and has been in the top quartile each year, therefore the chart only has one set of boxes and they are all green (green=top quartile, yellow=second quartile, orange=third quartile, red=last quartile).

You can also get further information from many of the other charts and statistics listed below the quartile results. In addition, you can get more information on a particular category by clicking on any of the hyperlinks to that category:

The category data lists the top journals in the category by whichever column you select at the top of the data (the default is SJR score).

We hope that helps! As always, if anything is unclear, or for more information, Contact Us, and we’ll be happy to help!