Answered By: Brittany de Gail
Last Updated: Apr 17, 2017     Views: 12695


We use the Web of Science database to determine "impact factor" and "ranking" for a journal. 

You can access it through Database Finder, which can be accessed by clicking the "Browse Database by Subject Category" link in the Databases Tab on the Libraries' homepage.

Next, click "Journal Citation Reports" (circled below)



On the next page (image below), type in the journal name or ISSN number in the "Go to Journal Profile" search bar and select your journal from the drop down menu.



The next page will display various information about the journal you selected. I searched for Science as an example, which displays the following results, including the journal's impact factor (circled and highlighted below):



To see the journal's ranking, scroll down past the "Key Indicators" box and click "Rank." The page will then display information about the journal's impact factor and ranking to the right. The ranking (highlighted below) shows the journal's rank out of the total number of journals ranked for that year. 



Additionally, below the impact factor ranking, you can also view information about the journal's total number of citations and its ranking in that category (image below).



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Comments (1)

  1. As you probably noticed, there are two sections of JCR - science and social science editions. You need to select one or the other, you can't search them both at the same time. Some multidisciplinary journals are listed in one or the other edition. It is important to check both if one doesn't find it in one of the editions.
    by Nevenka Zdravkovska on Jul 02, 2013.

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