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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2020     Views: 14

How to Find Journal Impact Factors

 ISI Impact Factor rankings were only available through Journal Citation Reports, which we lost when ended the Library cancelled our Web of Science subscription.

We have two other databases that offer alternative journal rankings: Scopus and Cabells.

Option 1 – Scopus --SJR:

Scopus offers SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), a similar indicator. Definition is below. Getting to the SJR Factor is buried within several steps. It’s not intuitive or user friendly unless you have previous experience using the database. I’m going to show you how I finally accessed SJRs using the screen shot method. There’s also a tutorial from Scopus that’s fairly good. It’s at

Note: the tutorial was made a few years ago so the currently updated search screens will appear slightly different.

**The Scopus definition of SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)**:

SJR is weighted by the prestige of a journal. Subject field, quality, and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation.

SJR assigns relative scores to all of the sources in a citation network. Its methodology is inspired by the Google PageRank algorithm, in that not all citations are equal. A source transfers its own 'prestige', or status, to another source through the act of citing it. A citation from a source with a relatively high SJR is worth more than a citation from a source with a lower SJR.











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