Journal Impact Factors
The journal impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the ‘average article’ in a journal has been cited in a particular year. The impact factor will help you evaluate a journal’s relative importance, especially when you compare it to others in the same field. Knowing the impact factor may help you to decide where to publish your research.
How to find impact factors
- Web of Science database – use the Analyze option in the database to rank journal titles.
- Scopus database – features analytical tools and journal metrics.
- Eigen Factor – ranks the quality and impact of journals. Similar to Thomson’s Impact Factor.
Further methods for assessing journal quality:
(usually indicated on the back of front cover of the journal or the journal’s website)
- Check the peer review process, e.g. Double blind peer review, Panel reviewed.
- Determine who is on the journal’s editorial committee or board.
- Establish the publisher and/or database that abstracts, indexes or publishes a journal.
- Identify the rejection rates of articles in your journals.
- SCImago Journal and Country Rank (Scopus) – to view the rankings of scientific journals.
- Publish or Perish – provided courtesy of Harzing.com
- Journal Quality List (Prof. Anne-Wil Harzing) – covers Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management, and Marketing
- Hopkins, W. (2008). Olympian impact factors: Top journals in exercise and sports science and medicine for 2008. Sportscience, 12, 22-24. (PDF)
- Ryan, C. (2005). The ranking and rating of academics and journals in tourism research. Tourism Management, 26(5), 657-662.
What is Altmetric?
- A new way of measuring non-traditional forms of impact, which can be used for PBRF Research Contribution statements
- Tracks and analyses online activity and attention around research and scholarship
- Measures research impact in the media
- Shows online conversations and commentary
What sources does Altmetric track?
- News outlets
- Social media and blogs
- Post-publication peer review websites
- Reference managers such as Mendeley
- Policy documents
- Other sources such as Twitter, Facebook and Google +
What can the data tell you?
- What type of attention is this research receiving?
- Where has this article received the most traction?
- Which countries are engaging most with the content?
- Has this article influenced policy, spurred new research, or engaged a new audience?
- Are reactions to this article positive or negative?
But remember that the Altmetric numbers won’t tell you…
- The quality of the paper
- The quantity of the researchers
- The whole story
Altmetric is available at Lincoln University at three levels
- via Elements on individual publications
- At the organisational level – Lincoln University.
An organisational overview of Lincoln’s metrics is accessible via invitational link to LU account by registering your Lincoln email at www.altmetric.com. Confirm returned link, login and explore.
- The global level by clicking on the ‘look at all articles instead’ link.
- About Altmetric and the Altmetric score
- Promoting your research – tips and tricks
- How do I ensure that my blog posts are picked up by Altmetric?
- How are Twitter demographics determined?
- How does Altmetric track mentions on Wikipedia?
- Why has this mention of my paper been missed?
- The Evolution of Impact Indicators
As well as Altmetric there are other methods of measuring the impact of your work:
The h-index is a citation based attempt to measure both the productivity and impact of an author.
- A researcher’s h-index can be calculated using Google Scholar, Web of Science or citation indexes
- Calculating the H index: Web of Science, Scopus or Google Scholar – from MyRI – a collaborative project of four Irish academic libraries
- One h-index to rule them all? – outlines some of the strengths and disadvantages of the h-index measurement, Jan Fransen University of Minnesota
- Reflections on the h-index – Prof. Anne-Wil Harzing, University of Melbourne
- Limitations of the h-index for early career researchers – Video by Professor Pádraig Cunningham of UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics outlines the basis of the h-index calculation and why it is not a usable metric for early career researchers
- Wikipedia – offers a detailed overview
Author identifiers help you as an author to distinguish yourself from others with the same last name and initials, i.e. disambiguation:
- ORCiD – “provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher.” Lincoln University research staff are asked to manage their ORCiD via our Elements Research System.
- Web of Science ResearcherID
- Scopus Author Identifier
Google Scholar Citations
Provides a simple way for you as an author to keep track of citations to your articles – you can check who is citing your publications and connect with other scholars in your field.
- There are easy instructions on how to sign up to Google Scholar Citations and setup your own profile
Research impact videos
The following videos have been produced by librarians at Yale University Library:
Telling impact stories (8:22)
Visualizing research impact data (11:58)