HOW TO FIND AN IMPACT FACTOR: This short video by John Bond of Riverwinds Consulting gives a quick quick explanation of the quickest ways to find a Journal's Impact Factor.
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Hi there. I am John Bond from Riverwinds Consulting and this is Publishing Defined.
Today I am going to discuss how to find the Impact Factor for a Journal.
A reminder, Impact Factor is a metric reflecting the average number of citations of recent articles published in that peer review journal.
Impact Factor is calculated from the Journal Citation Report or JCR published by Clarivate Analytics. Impact Factor was formerly owned by Thomson Reuters. It is derived from the Science Citation Index and the Social Science Citation Index. It covers about 11,000 journals from about 2,500 publishers.
The Impact Factor of a journal is the number of citations received in that year by articles published in that journal during the two preceding years, divided by the total number of articles published in that journal during the two preceding years. See my other YouTube video for more on calculating Impact Factor including an example.
There are two paths to finding an Impact factor. First, if you don’t have access to an academic library than the easiest way to find it is by Googling the name of journal and the words Impact factor. Many times, it will be listed on the search results page, but you will want to ensure it is the current one. Click through to the journal’s home page and when you are there, go the About section. I searched ten scholarly journals. Nine listed the Impact Factor on the search results page, but not always the most recent one. All ten however, listed the current Impact Factor on the About page. What is not listed on most About pages is a journal’s 5 Year Impact Factor or how it ranks compared to other journals in the field, both helpful metrics.
Now if you are looking for several journals, that can be a lot of searching and clicking around. The good news is if you have access to an academic library, it is much easier.
So, the second way to find Impact Factors is to log onto the academic library system you are connected with and look for either: databases or the Web of Science which contains some of the information in the Journal Citation Report.
If databases are listed, you can either search for Journal Citation Report and then just click on Science Citation Index and then search for the journal you are interested in and its Impact Factor.
Or if databases are not listed, check if the Web of Science is in your library’s offerings, then go to the search bar. Enter the name of the journal and change the drop down to Publication Name. Click on any random article, scroll to the bottom of that page and look for Journal Citation Report. Click there and your will see a host of information and data about the publication.
See this playlist of other videos about finding an Impact Factor including ones with screen shots.
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Thank you, Mr John, for the video. We don't have an academic library. So I have to rely on google. There is a problem with some of the journals which claim impact factor which is not the true one. If this is the case, how can I know the correct JCR? Please help me. Thank you in advance.
Thank you Afzal Basha. You make a great point. However, without access to a library, it is less easy. When I have encountered this, I have checked first with Wikipedia, which sometimes has an entry and may list the IF. If not, then I Google the name of the journal and IF. I look for sites that may list the journal and their IF. If there are none, I turn to the other items that may indicate a dubious journal, such as no editorial board, aggressive promotion, promise of acceptance or quick publication, etc. I wish I had more and I wish journals were honest (which they all are not). Best wishes.
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