Journal Level Metrics
Although calculated using article citation counts, journal level metrics are not necessarily predictive of how many citations any given article in a journal will receive.
Journal Impact Factor:
Created by Eugene Garfield and Irving H. Sher, this value relates to a particular journal, not an individual researcher, and is defined below.
“A journal’s impact factor is based on two elements: the numerator, which is the number of cites in the current year to any items published in the journal in the previous 2 years; and the denominator, the number of substantive articles (source items) published in the same 2 years” (Garfield, 2005, p. 5).
For other similar indicators, such as CiteScore and Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), see the "Ratio-based indicators" section of this Scholarly Kitchen blog post.
Where can you find Impact Factor information?
Journal Citation Reports
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a Clarivate Analytics product based on Web of Science data, that provides journal level metrics for some titles.
How can I find the Impact Factor for a specific journal?
- Enter the name of the journal in the search box on the JCR homescreen.
- The Impact Factor for the most recent JCR year will be visible in that journal's Journal Impact Factor Trend graph, with a detailed calculation provided beneath it.
Is it possible to see how different journals in a particular research area compare?
- Select the Browse by Journal option from the JCR homescreen.
- Select the area of interest from the "Select Categories" section on the left hand side. Then select Submit.
- Select the journals you would like to compare, and then choose the "Compare Selected Journals" option.
- Select the mode of comparison (either Quartile or Trends) and then the metrics you would like to compare, before again selecting Submit.