Journals ranking and impact factors: how the performance of journals is measured

Iain D. Craig, Liz Ferguson and Adam T. Finch


This chapter investigates measures of journal performance and ranking. It begins by exploring the principal conventional sources of citation data, Web of Science and Scopus, and compares these with alternatives such as Google Scholar. Critical variables in citation analyses include coverage by discipline and different article types, such as review articles compared to articles documenting new research. The chapter concludes with an exploration of alternative metrics.

Key words

Journal Impact factor

journals ranking

alternative bibliometrics

Why rank journals?

There are many ways in which a journal ...

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