New Tools to Identify Key Journals and Papers in your Field

Interested in identifying a journal to publish in? Curious about which articles are having a large impact in your field? The Library now has access to new tools to help you answer these questions. .  Thomson’s improved Journal Citation Reports provides journal-level citation statistics and Essential Science Indicators provides key metrics at the article level.

Journal Citation Reports Journal Citation Reports Journals Ranked by Impact Factor

While we’ve long had access to Thomson’s Journal Citation Reports product, the recent platform upgrade has both improved the usability of this resource and added new functionality.

While the prior version of JCR required users to go through a series of steps to narrow their results, the new version allows you to indicate your preferences up front. You can search by journal title to get information on its Journal Impact Factor, Eigenfactor Score, or total number of citations, and trends for these factors over time. Alternatively, you could search to find a list of journals matching specified criteria including subject category, publisher and Journal Impact Factor (JIF) quartile. For example, a user could select a subject category, such as linguistics, and limit their results to journals with a Journal Impact Factor (JIF) within the first quartile, and could even further specify that they only wish to see open access journals. Alternatively, a user could choose to compare several journals to see which one they would prefer to submit to.

For those interested in getting a broader perspective on publishing across fields, they can review broad category rankings which show how the median impact factor varies by broad field and also how many journals are included in the calculations for each area.

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Essential Science Indicators focuses on the article level, allowing users to identify the most influential researchers, institutions and publications for a given field of study. It is also a useful tool for identifying relevant emerging research areas.

Thomson identifies its “highly cited” papers by looking at the most recent ten years of citation counts for each article and then applying field-specific parameters to determine whether it falls within a top percentage for this field. It also identifies “hot papers” that receive a significant number of citations quickly after their original publication .

Users can search by research field, author, institution, journal, country or research to find these highly cited or hot papers (or “top papers” which include both types) and can also combine some of these fields to narrow their results. For , a user could find a list of important authors in the area of Environment & Ecology by selecting “authors” from the drop down search list and then filtering their results by research field and selecting Environment & Ecology.

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