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Scholarly Publishing Opportunities - Publishing Your Article

Resources available to help faculty, staff and students choose a journal for publication

Assessing research impact

Journal-level metrics:

  • Journal impact factor (JIF) - calculates the average frequency that an article in a particular journal has been cited in the 2 years since its publication.  Based on Web of Science content.
  • Eigenfactor - provides Eigenfactor scores for journals based on JIFs and Article Influence scores; this system sums all scores to 100 and provides an individual journal score that measures its influence 
  • SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) - one of several indicators provided by Leiden University;  SNIP takes into account differences in citation practice between disciplines and also provides a stability index to show how the indicator varies over time for a specific title.  Based on data from Scopus.
  • SciMago journal rank  (SJR) -also based on Scopus, this ranking system weights citations based on the prestige of the citing journal - read more here.


Altmetrics:  Scholars are used to traditional metrics like citation counts and journal impact factors - alternative metrics (altmetrics) are a suite of tools and measures that seek to define the influence and impact of a scholarly work in other ways which often includes social media.

  • Plum Analytics (Ebsco):  You can see Plum Analytics at work in SearchItAll.

example of Plum analytics link from SearchItAll