Skip to main content

Research Support

A guide to library services and resources available to support researchers at the University of Melbourne.

Journal Directories & Finding Tools

Tools to measure researcher impact

Other tools to measure researcher impact

Google Scholar 

  • covers many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
  • Google Scholar Citations: free citation service providing a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time.

Google Scholar Help and Advanced Scholar search tips  


 Publish or Perish  (PoP)

  • Free software that analyses citations using Google Scholar data.
  • Developed by Professor Anne-Wil Harzing (University of Melbourne).  
  • Indexes citations in academic journals (includes Web of Science or Scopus listed titles, and also those freely available on the internet), also citations in books, conference proceedings, white papers and government reports.
  • Journal impact can be assessed using Hirsch’s h-index.  
  • Use Journal Impact search and search for individual journal titles. Tip: use "quotes" around journal titles as Google Scholar in not sensitive to word order.
  • Comparisions between journals can be done using Multi-query center. Run indivdual journal title searches in Journal Impact search then view them in the Multi-query center.
  • Locate journal titles to target for articles submission. e.g. journals that publish articles on your research topic and  compare citation impact (use General Citations search> Phrase search).
  • Publish or Perish Book available in UM Libraries.


  • a scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science.

Tools to measure journal impact

Scopus Tutorials

View tutorial on Scopus Journal Analyzer (University of Melbourne staff and students only)

View the video on how SNIP and SJR are calculated (University of Melbourne staff and students only)

ERA Journal Lists

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)  initiative developed by the Australian Research Council has been used over a number of years (2010, 2012 & 2015) to assess research quality within Australia's higher education institutions. 

Why is the Ranked Journal list no longer used?    Following feedback from Research Evaluation Committees the ranked journal profiles were removed as an indicator for the ERA 2012 evaluation.The ranked journal list is no longer available from the ARC website. 

Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences

Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences

These pages provide links to Web sites which provide instructions to authors for over 6,000 journals in the health and life sciences. All links are to "primary sources" - that is, to publishers and organizations with editorial responsibilities for the titles.

Resource compiled by the Raymon H. Mulford Library of the Medical University of Ohio at Toledo.

Other journal identifying tools

JANE Journal Name/Author Estimator (Medical and Health Sciences)

An online tool for identifying journal titles,  authors and articles using title, abstract, or keywords as search criteria. JANE includes all journals included in Medline with articles in the past year. Authors that have one or more articles in the last 10 years are included in Jane. The database is updated monthly.

Scholarly journal articles - peer review

Peer reviewed journals * (tutorial with audio, 4:22 min, 3.2Mb)

* Sign in with your University of Melbourne username and password