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Publishing: Quality indicators
This guide is designed to assist you with publishing academic research, including finding the right journal, journal impact factors, ERA, open access, publisher and data requirements, questions around copyright and tips from the experts.
Peer review is a major indicator of quality in academic publishing
Some databases and lists only include peer reviewed journals
Cabell's Directories (selection policy) and Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory indicate which journals are peer reviewed but lists may be out-of-date and it is always best to check the journal site itself
Find journal metrics including impact factor and rank in category for approx. 9,500 'science' journals and 3,500 'social science' journals
A standard source of journal performance metrics for certain disciplines but with minimal coverage of journals in others (especially the humanities)
In 2021 expanded to over 20,000 journals by including all titles in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index and Emerging Sources Citation Index - these titles have the new Journal Citation Indicator metric (not the Impact Factor)
Based on Scopus data, the CiteScore is an indicator of the average number of citations a document will receive over a four year publication window. The CiteScore 2020 is calculated by dividing the number of citation received in 2017-2020 to articles, reviews, conference papers, book chapters and data papers by the number of publications indexed by Scopus and published in the same time period.
One of the largest multidisciplinary bibliographic databases, Scopus covers peer reviewed journals, trade journals, books and book chapters, conference papers and patents. Material chosen for inclusion meets strict selection criteria such as type of peer review and significance to the field. Also provides backward and forward citation searching, publication metrics and analytical features
Journal Citation Reports provides the widely known Journal Impact Factor, and from 2021, the Journal Citation Indicator.
Based on Web of Science data, the Impact Factor is an indicator of the average number of citations that can be expected for an article in that journal in the first two years of publication. The Impact Factor 2020 is calculated by dividing the number of citations received in 2020 to articles and reviews published in the previous two years, 2018-2019.