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Strategic Publishing in STEM

To guide STEM researchers through the process of choosing a journal in which to publish.

Journal metrics from databases

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

Incites: Journal Citation Reports

Relates to Web of Science data. Journal Citation Reports provides citation data on journals in the areas of science, technology, and social sciences data going back to 2001. Citation data is drawn from over 10,000 of the peer-reviewed journals from 2,500 publishers. Journal Citation Reports uses the Journal Impact Factor.

  • Journal Impact Factor is “the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year”.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank

Based on Scopus data with citations from over 20,000 peer-reviewed journals from 5,000 publishers.  SCImago uses two measures based on three years of content:

  • SCImago Journal Rank or SJR demonstrates the standing of the citing source “the value represents weighted citations per document”
  • Source Normalized Impact per Paper or SNIP that is “a ratio of a journal’s raw citation impact per paper (RIP) and the citation potential in the journal’s subject field”.

Google Metrics

Based on Google Scholar data.  "Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Scholar Metrics summarize recent citations to many publications, to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research.

To get started, you can browse the top 100 publications in several languages, ordered by their five-year h-index and h-median metrics. To see which articles in a publication were cited the most and who cited them, click on its h-index number to view the articles as well as the citations underlying the metrics."


Based on Web of Science data.  Eigenfactor scores and Article Influence scores rank journals with algorithms using the structure of the entire citation network (adjusting for citation differences across disciplines) to evaluate the importance of each journal.