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Resources for publishing: Assessing Journal Quality

Methods for Assessing Scholarly Publications

You can use Ulrichsweb to find out if specific journals are identified as peer reviewed as well as format, indexing, frequency, circulation, etc.


JCR lists both the  Impact Factor and the EigenFactor scores (if available)

Journal Citation Reports uses an algorithm based on the average number of citations/ to articles published in journals - to calculate a journal's Impact Factor (IF). JCR uses a core list of about 8,700 journal titles when calculating the Impact Factors of journals.


Eigenfactor is a way of determining a journal’s relative importance, but this approach uses both the number of "incoming" citations to the journals as well as what is determined to be the total importance of the journal to the scientific community.



Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

Membership in this association indicates a commitment to abiding by certain standards and a code of conduct.


Google Scholar Metrics

Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. While most researchers are familiar with the well-established journals in their field, that is often not the case with newer publications or publications in related fields - there're simply too many of them to keep track of! Scholar Metrics summarize recent citations to many publications, to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research.

Be Aware That...

* Many journals do not have an impact factor!


* The impact factor cannot assess the quality of individual articles. Even if citations were evenly distributed among articles, the impact factor would only measure the interests of other researchers in an article, not its importance and usefulness


* Only research article, technical notes and reviews are 'citable' items. Editorials, letters, news items and meeting abstracts are not always citable


* Only a small percentage of articles are highly cited and they are found in a small subset of journals. This small proportion accounts for a large percentage of citations.


* Controversial papers, such as those based on fraudulent data, may be highly cited, distorting the impact factor of a journal


* Citation bias may exist. For example, English language resources may be favoured OR Authors may cite their own work.


* Bottom Line: Use more than one tool!


From: Measuring research impact - subject guides at Queensland University of Technology