Journal rankings are intended to reflect the importance of a journal within its field. The metrics are centered around the number of citations accumulated by articles in that journal. Implicit in this is the assumption that the greater the number of citations, the more important and relevant that journal is.
The journal metrics generated by both Scopus and the Web of Science are used by institutions and organisations to rate both research and journal performance
Note: A journal's metrics
A journal's h-index is best used to compare journals within a discipline as it does not take into account differing citation practices of disciplines (unlike the weighted SJR and SNIP).
An article's citation data in the Scopus database is used by Scimago, CiteScore and SciVal to rank journals by their level of importance.
SciVal uses citation data generated in the Scopus database in its calculations
The metric Field Weighted Citation Index (FWCI) in SciVal is used to inform ASPIRE allocations.
the Scimago Journal Rankings (SJR) score of a journal is calculated by taking into account both the number of citations
a journal receives as well as the "importance" of the citing journal
SJR is a normalised score which allows journals from different disciplines to be compared
click on a title to see more information e.g. the subject categories it covers. For journals that have been categorised under more than one subject area, the SJR for each subject area may be different.
CiteScore also uses the citation data from Scopus to rank journals by their level of importance.
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.
CiteScore and CiteScore percentile should not be used to compare journals from different subject areas as they are not field-normalised
for more information, view the CiteScore metrics FAQs
The Compare sources tool can be found in the Scopus database on the Search Screen. It is a customisable tool which will allow you to compare up to 10 Scopus indexed sources on a variety of parameters: CiteScore, SJR, SNIP, citations, documents, and percentage of documents not cited.
The Compare sources tool is available in both a Chart and a Table view. The Chart displays information in a line graph, with separate graphs for each parameter. The Table lists parameters together in one table.
search for a source by it's title (keyword search), ISSN or Publisher, Limit to All subject areas or A specific area
entering "nursing" will bring up a list of source titles which include "nursing"
the source list can be ranked by CiteScore, SJR, SNIP or ISSN
tick up to 10 source title to compare the titles visually over a range of metrics
JCR uses citation data sourced from the Web of Science Core Collection database.
JCR is published annually in two editions, and only the editions and years to which ECU subscribes appear on the home page. Some subjects can appear in both editions.
Journal Impact Factor (IF)
An impact factor of 1.0 indicates that on average, the articles published one or two years ago have been cited once
An impact factor of 3 indicates that on average, the articles published one or two years ago have been cited 3 times. (more on calculations).
1. Search Web of Science
2. If you're happy that the results list match you topic expectations, click on Analyze Results
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Th following journal metrics record the titles performance on Google Scholar :
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 2012-2016 have at least h citations each
h5-median for a publication is the median number of citations for the articles that make up its h5-index