Journal ranking and Impact Factor

The impact factor is one way of ranking journals according to how often articles are cited. The higher the impact factor number of a journal, the higher it ranks.


Find ranking on the Internet

The main source for impact factor of journals is a database the library subscribes to: the ISI base Journal Citation Report (JCR). You can find it in our overview of databases.

This information may also be found on the open Internet, so you can conduct a search to compare some titles. Search the journal title with the qualifier “impact factor”, “journal ranking” or “journal quality” to find pages where the impact factor is given.

Criticism

ISI’s impact factor ranking of journals is frequently criticised, since journals relating to popular subjects often get higher impact factor scores than journals covering less studied subjects.

More information on impact factor:

Other ranking systems

EigenFACTOR:

SJR SCImago Journal & Country Rank

Cost-Effectiveness