Journal ranking

How to check ranking and impact factors of journals

You can check the rankings and impact factors of journals via these 3 options:

  1. Journal Citation Reports(JCR; ISI web of Knowledge)(or via Web of Science) for journals from publisher Thomson/Reuter, and some other publishers.
  2. Scopus  (SJR, SNIP, Citescore) for journals from publisher Elsevier.
  3. Google Scholar Metrics

What are impact factors & rankings?
The impact factor (IF) of an academic journal is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field, with journals with higher impact factors deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. The impact factor was devised by Eugene Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information. Impact factors are calculated yearly starting from 1975 for those journals that are indexed in the Journal Citation Reports. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_factor )

Keep in mind that impact factors differ per field of knowledge. In ‘Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & tourism’ the average impact factor is 1.018 (including 38 journals) with the highest impact factor of 3.683 for Annals of Tourism Research. In the field of 'Immunology’, the average impact factor is 2.890 (including 137 journals) with the highest impact factor of 36.556 for ‘Annual Review of Immunology’.

Journal ranking is widely used in academic circles in the evaluation of an academic journal's impact and quality. Journal rankings are intended to reflect the place of a journal within its field, the relative difficulty of being published in that journal, and the prestige associated with it. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journal_ranking )

How to create overviews of journals in NHTV fields of interest

In Journal Citation Reports
On this website you can create overviews of journal rankings on topic.

  • Just choose: View a group of journals by Subject Category
  • And select: submit
  • Then select a category and choose: submit

In Scopus:
On this website you can create on overview of journal ranking on topic:

  • Just choose a category
  • And select: Display Source (do not forget to choose’ all’ in the alphabet overview)
  • The journals will be displayed alphabetically, so click on SJR in the overview to create an overview with the journals with the highest Scopus Journal ranking (SJR) at the top.

In Google Scholar Metrics
On this website you can create on overview of journal ranking on topic:

  • Just choose a category on the left of the screen

If you have any questions regarding impact factors and/or journal rankings please contact NHTV Library via mediatheek@nhtv.nl .