The Journal Impact Factor measures the number of citations received in a given year by articles published in a journal in the 2 preceding years. This measurement was developed by Clarivate Analytics (formally Thomson Reuters) and can be used to compare and rank journals in science and social science disciplines.
To find a journal Impact Factor, use the database Journal Citation Reports (JCR). You will need your ACU username and password.
Journal Citation Reports allows you to search for individual journals or to compare groups of journals by subject category. This is useful for researchers wanting to identify journals relevant to their research or in which to publish.
JCR provides a range of metrics for each journal, including:
Caveats to Journal Citation Reports
For more information about Journal Impact Factors see this Quick Reference Card.
View these videos about using Journal Citation Reports to find and to compare journal impact factors.
Eigenfactor scores and Article Influence scores rank journals using a similar approach to how Google ranks websites. Both scores take into account:
Journal Citation Reports are not published in the Arts and Humanities, so no Impact Factors are available for journals in these disciplines. These are some of the alternative measures of quality available: