Answered By: Elizabeth Galoozis
Last Updated: Jul 25, 2018     Views: 777

The impact factor of a particular journal can be looked up through the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database. You can access this database from within Web of Science or separately from the Libraries' list of databases. The journal impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year. The impact factor will help you evaluate a journal's relative importance, especially when you compare it to others in the same field. Not every journal will have an impact factor but there are other ways to measure impact to a field.

In Journal Citation Reports, enter the title of the journal or browse journals by rank or category. 

Clicking on a journal title will provide additional details about the calculation. For example, here is an explanation of how impact factor was calculated for the journal, Social Work Research.

 

Use the "All Years" tab to access key metrics and additional data for the current year and all prior years for this journal.

Since impact factors vary widely by discipline, it is helpful to get a baseline for your discipline by searching for subject area (category). Impact factor data is only available for journals indexed by Web of Science.

For more information on citation counts and Impact factors, visit: Evaluating Information Sources: Impact Factors and Citation Counts

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