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Research Impact: Journal Impact

Tools and support to assist with measuring research.

Databases

Applying for a grant? Some grant schemes do not allow the use of journal impact measures in grant applications. Refer to scheme-specific rules to determine what information may be included. Funding rules change from year to year.

Use these tools to find out the rank of a journal as well as its impact measurement:

Rating lists

In the past additional rating lists have been created to supplement the rankings from Journal Citation Reports and Scopus Journals. The rating lists from Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) are most known. Note, the ERA Journal List 2010 with rankings and the ERA Journal List 2012 are no longer official. 

The European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences is an index developed by European researchers and covers high impact publications in humanities in the European languages.

Other rating lists

Journal information

These directories are not journal impact measurement tools, but will provide further information on publications. For example, whether a journal is peer-reviewed or not.

    Limitations

    Journal impact measures are often used in the field of science, medicine, technology and social science but are not a valuable measure of quality for Arts and Humanities journals.

    Impact factors and rankings are not comparable across disciplines or databases.

    New journals are likely to receive an impact factor only after two years of indexing.

    Note: some grant schemes do not allow the use of journal impact measures in grant applications, e.g. NHMRC. Refer to scheme-specific rules to determine what information should be included. Funding rules change from year to year.

    Tips

    In Journal Citation Reports journals may be searched by title, date or subject category but if you are looking for a rank and impact factor search by title. Journals also may be ranked in more than one category.

    Keep a track of your process of measuring impact. For example, write down which edition of rankings you have recorded. 

    If you are considering potential journals to submit for publication see Getting Published Guide.

    For more information on Journal Impact Factor, see a Quick Reference Card  and on Scopus SJR or SNIP, see Frequently Asked Questions.