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Citation and Journal Metrics: Journal metrics

Journal metrics

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What are journal metrics used for?

Journals metrics are a proxy measure used to evaluate the quality of a journal.

The most commonly used metrics are the:

  • Journal Impact Factor provided by Thomson Reuters
  • SCImago SJR powered by Scopus
  • SNIP powered by Scopus.

In Australia, the ERA journal list for 2010 and 2012 is also used as a quality measure.

Journal metrics are used in grant applications, when staff are applying for promotion and when identifying potential journals in which to publish.

Google Scholar has released their own ranking system in April 2012, called 'Google Scholar Metrics'.

For more information see  'Google starts ranking journals'.