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Quantitative assessment of journals

Any research database with citation counts can create research metrics data for journals or individual researchers. When using this data it is important to remember that:

  • No source is comprehensive
  • Databases only provide analysis of the journals that are indexed in their database
  • Many journals do not have an impact factor
  • Citation counts are primarily for journal articles and the journals in which they are published.
  • Journal impact factors can be manipulated
  • English language publications may be favoured

Journal's Impact Factor for a particular year is calculated by total number of times its articles are cited in the previous 2 years divided by the total number of citable articles in the past two years.



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The ERA Journal List is compiled in consultation with discipline experts, academic peak bodies and members of the public. It identifies the journals that are eligible for institutions' ERA submissions. Each journal is assigned one or more Field of Research code identifying discipline coverage. The Journal List is no longer ranked
Following the ARC's review of ERA 2012 and consultation with the higher education sector the ARC has made several changes to ERA 2015 from ERA 2012, in order to improve the ERA process. For more information, go to ERA FAQs


Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC ) is an annual government reporting requirement, comprising research data (income and publications) from all Australian tertiary institutions.

HERDC requires that journal articles be peer reviewed. For more information about HERDC please contact the Research Office.

The following Library resource can assist you in establishing if a journal is peer reviewed:  

Library databases

  • Journal Citation Reports
    JCR provides Impact Factors for all the journals indexed by Web of Science. 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 Impact Factors.
  • Scopus
    Scopus can also be used to obtain metrics about the quality and importance of individual journals. The metrics that are calculated are the SCImago Journal Rankings (SJR) and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP).
  • Google Scholar
    Scholar Metrics currently cover articles published between 2009 and 2013, both inclusive. The metrics are based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar in June 2014. This also includes citations from articles that are not themselves covered by Scholar Metrics. Scholar displays the h5-index and the h5-median for each included publication. More information about Google Scholar Metrics.

Other journal ranking lists

  • Australian Business Deans Council Journal Quality List 2016
    Leading up to the next full review of the ABDC Journal Quality List 2013 (anticipated to begin in the second half of 2017), the ABDC authorised a 2016 interim review that had a very narrow focus built around four tightly defined scenarios:

    ** Inclusion of new business-relevant journals – journals newly created since 1 January 2011;
    ** Removal of very low quality journals – e.g. deemed to be “predatory open access” journals;
    ** Switching FoR assignment of a journal; or
    ** Correction of factual errors in the ABDC database – e.g. incorrect journal title, incorrect web address.
  • Scimago Journal and Country Rankings
    The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database.
  • Journal Metrics
    This is a freely accessible tool that provides the SNIP and SJR values for journals indexed by Scopus.
  • Science Watch
    Tracks high impact journals, institutions, researchers and individual papers. Regularly features rankings of high impact journals in different fields.
  • Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) Journal Indicators
    Provides Raw Impact per Publication (RAW) and Self Citation values as well as SNIP for those scientific journals available through Scopus. See the methodology page of the CWTS website for an explanation of the values used.
  • Anne Wil-Harzing Journal Quality List
    The Journal Quality List is a collation of journal rankings from a variety of sources. It is published primarily to assist academics to target papers at journals of an appropriate standard.
  • Australian Political Studies Association
    The Australian Political Studies Association's (APSA) preferred journal rankings for the research community in Political Science and International Relations in Australia.

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