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Finding Sources for Publishing: Searching for
Impact Factor

This guide has been created as a resource for helping faculty and graduate students who are interested in knowing how to find sources to publish in, and how to find sources for collaborative work.

Tools: Searching for Journal Impact

These are the most widely accepted tools/methods for calculating a journal's impact factor:

Tools: Searching for Author Impact

The h-index

What is the h-index? It is a way of calculating a scientist's scholarly impact based on the number of papers they have published and the number of times they have been cited. The h-index will vary depending on what database you use to calculate the h-index. (for example, Google Scholar or ISI Web of Science).
 Here are some databases that are useful in searching for information on scholars and their impact factor:

Limitations of Using the JCR

  • Limited coverage -
    •    covers only journals indexed in its database
    •    newer journals not covered - needs 3 years of data to be included
    •    Mostly covers only English Language journals
    •    Primarily only considers articles and review articles

Other Tools

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