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Main journal metric tools

SJR, SNIP and CiteScore are the journal level metrics used by Scopus.  

SJR: weights citations based on the source they come from.The subject field, quality and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation. SJR also normalizes for differences in citation behaviour between subject fields.  Want to know more?

SNIP: stands for source normalised impact per paper and is derived by taking a journal’s citation count per paper and dividing it by the citation potential in its subject field. Want to know more?

CiteScore: calculates the average number of citations received in a calendar year by all items published in that journal in the preceding three years. The calendar year to which a serial title's issues are assigned is determined by their cover dates, and not the dates that the serial issues were made available online. Want to know more?

To find the SJR, SNIP and CiteScore for a journal:

  1. click on the "Sources" link at the top of the Scopus search page

  2. enter the name of the journal in the box located in the top right-hand corner, and click "Search"

  3. a list of matching journal titles is displayed showing the SJR, SNIP and CiteScore for each one. Click on a journal title for more details about the publication

This module within Web of Science's InCites allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from Web of Science. Impact Factors and Journal Quartiles are provided for all the journals indexed by Web of Science.

Journal Citation Reports Impact Factor allows for the comparison and ranking of journals within the same discipline. The Impact Factor only measures the interest of other researchers in an article, not its importance and usefulness. More information about the Impact Factor is available on the JCR Impact Factor help page.

To find the Impact Factor of a journal:

  1. carry out an author search in Web of Science

  2. click on the title of the article which is published in the journal you're interested in to bring up the record of the article

  3. scroll down to the 'Journal Information' section, and click on the 'Journal Citation Reports' link

  4. this will take you into JCR and display the current and historical Impact Factor of the journal

To find the Journal Quartile in JCR:

  1. scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 'Rank' on the bottom left hand menu

The SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database.

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Strategic Publishing

Consider publishing as open access

Consider publishing as Open Access to increase the reach of your research.

Use journal metrics to:

  • demonstrate scholarly outputs 
  • identify quality journals