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Your Research Impact: Journal Impact

Lovejoy Library resources and information to measure and broaden one's research impact.

Journal Impact Factor

An impact factor is a way of measuring the relative ranking of a journal within a particular field. Ranked lists of journals can be used to:

  • Identify prestigious and influential  journals in a particular discipline
  • Identify highly ranked journals in which to publish
  • Help determine the allocation of research funding

The SJR Cites/Doc. (2 years) is essentially the same as the long-established Journal Impact Factor (Thomson Reuters) provided in the ISI Web of Science. 


The Eigenfactor™ Score uses a network of citation data to assess the relative importance of journals in the science and social science communities. Journals with many citations from influential journals are rated as influential themselves.

The Article Influence™ Score determines the average influence of a journal's articles.

Score calculation is based on the citations received over a five year period, but it also considers which journals have contributed these citations so that highly cited journals will influence the network more than lesser cited journals. References from one article in a journal to another article from the same journal are removed, so that Eigenfactor Scores are not influenced by journal self-citation.

Since the number and frequency of citations vary by discipline, the Eigenfactor algorithm adjusts for these differences.

In addition to articles from scholarly journals, Eigenfactor also includes newspaper articles, theses, popular magazines and other items in its reference material.

Eigenfactor scores can also be viewed within ISI Journal Citation Reports.

Google Scholar Metrics

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Google Scholar Metrics

Google Scholar Metrics uses the H-Index formula to rank journals. The Metrics Home Page lists the top 100 h5-index ranked publications in English.

"The h5-index is the h-index for articles published in the last 5 complete years. It is the largest number h such that h articles published in 2008-2012 have at least h citations."

Because disciplines have varying publishing models and expectations, comparing journal citation indices across research areas is not recommended. However, Google Scholar Metrics also provides 5h-index ranked lists by subject area. Researchers can select languagediscipline category, and, if desired, a subject sub-category. (E.g. category: Chemical & Material Sciences; subcategory: Ceramic Engineering.) There are many subcategories to choose from.

Click on the h5-index for each journal to access the references for the most cited articles and the number of times each article was cited within that 5-year period.

Clicking on the Cited by number within each reference provides a list of those articles.

Clicking on an article name can lead to a source and sometimes full text. (To gain free access to an article, one may need to log into SIUE databases.)

WarningGoogle Scholar Metrics is limited to articles indexed in Google Scholar, a database that does not have set journal inclusion parameters. For best results, use multiple sources and methods to identify the most significant journals and articles in a research area.

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) is a "bibliometric indicator that measures the prestige or influence of a scientific journal article, calculated with the largest and most nearly complete bibliographic database, and using a citation window of 3 years that is wide enough to include most of the citations, and dynamic enough to measure the evolution of scientific journals" (Gonzalez-Pereira, Guerrero-Bote, Moya-Anegon, 2009). The SJR is similar to the Eigenfactor Score, but rather than using information from ISI Web of Science, it is based on journals published since 1995 that are contained in Scopus.

Please note: The SJR Cites/Doc. (2 years) is essentially the same as the long-established Journal Impact Factor (Thomson Reuters) provided in ISI Web of Science. SCImago enables journals in an SJR category to be "ordered" (ranked) by Cites/Doc (2 years), a useful measure, given its equivalent relationship to the Thomson Reuter Journal Impact Factor.

The SCImago Journal Rank website allows you to rank, analyze, and compare journals. For example, here are the 2012 journal rankings for Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis within the Environmental Science subject area:


SJR Report