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HARC: Helpful Academic Researchers Companion

HARC has been designed to answer the questions researchers ask at every step of the research life cycle

Finding Journals which have Previously Published Articles on your Topic

There are several ways to find which journals have previously published on your topic:

Journal Finder tools

Similar to a database search for references, journal find tool databases require the searcher/author to provide your potential article's keywords or abstract, and the Journal finder tool will identify a list of potential journal titles.

As seen below, some journal finder tools have been created by publishers, while others are created by other organisations.

Some of these journal tools also provide a range of journal metrics allowing potential authors to identify highly ranked journals to submit their articles to. When a journal finder does not include journal metrics, use Scopus or Journal Citation Reports databases to identify highly ranking journals.


List of journal finder tools:

Use your database search result to find key journals publishing on your topic

Use Scopus to find Key Journals which Publish on Your Topic

  1. Search Scopus as usual
  2. On the Results page > look to the left to find the panel named Refine results
  3. Scroll down the panel till you get to Source Title
  4. There will be a list of titles which have published articles on your topic, as well the number of relevant articles in each journal

Scopus Source titles



Topics of Prominence

  • A Topic is a collection of documents with a common intellectual interest
  • Topics are ranked by Prominence, an indicator of the momentum of a particular field - topics can be growing or declining in momentum
  • Topics are based on clustering the citation network of 95% of Scopus content (articles published since 1996)
  • Prominence is calculated using very recent citations, Scopus views and CiteScore values
  • Prominence does not signify 'Importance', although some Topics may be both prominent and important, which topics are active, which researchers are active in those topics, what are the related topics


Researchers can use Topic Prominence to:

  • show who else is active and publishing research in a similar Topic to mine, whom I could partner and co-author with?
  • what are some related Topics adjacent to mine with a lot of momentum, where I could focus my research attention?
  • which are the Topics with high momentum, that are likely to be well-funded and thus have higher grant success rates?
  • which are the Key Journals in your topic


How to Find Key Journals publishing in your Topic of Prominence

  • Define your own topic
  • define own topic in SciVal or
  • alternatively, search Scopus, click on an interesting citation from the results list, and the Topic of Prominence of this article will display - it will display a few representative article titles, top 5 author, display the Keyphrase analysis cloud visualisation
  • to view the Topic of Prominence in greater detail, click on the link to SciVal
    • top institutions, authors, countries, Scopus sources, keyphrases & related keyphrases for that topic
  • Browse for your topic in SciVal as there are >96,000 research Topics of Prominence available


Search SciVal for a Single Topic of Prominence
... to discover high activity in that topic by Institutions, Countries, Authors, Scopus sources & Keyphrases

  • click on Trends Module

  • select Topics and Research Areas in the Left hand panel

  • click on + Add Topics and Research Areas

  • click on Advanced Topic Search

  • click on tick box to select the Topic ... then move your cursor to the right to click on "Add this entity to the entity selection panel"
    SciVal add

  • the selected topic will now appear on the left hand panel

  • click on a selected topic in the panel to view Topics of Prominence to display high activity by Summary, Institutions, Countries, Authors and Keywords

SciVal Topics Trends

In the Search Results of your topic

Click on the Refine results in the left hand panel and scroll down and select SOURCE TITLES. This will show journal titles which have published in the area of your topic, and the number of times the topic has been covered.


The Citation Report can be used to show TRENDS within a topic

1. Search for your topic

2. View your results list and modify your search keywords if necessary

3. Click on Create Citation Report

4. Records on the Results page are sorted by Times Cited -- highest to lowest by default OR by date.

The image below shows:

  • Total  Publications by date: what is the publication trend?
  • h-index: how highly cited is the average paper?
  • Sum of Times Cited per Year
  • what is the citation trend? Are citations for the topic increasing, sharply increasing, decreasing, flattening out?

Citation Report within the Web of Science

Information above is also available in a table format.

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