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Where to Publish: Citation Analysis, Impact, & Metrics

This is designed to assist in determining where to publish, avoid predatory journals, and understand journal rankings as well as impact factors.

Citation Analysis

  • Citation Analysis is the examination of citations in scholarly literature in order to determine the impact of an individual researcher, a specific item (i.e. article, book, etc..,), or a particular publication (i.e. journal).

Scholarly Metrics

  • Scholarly metrics are used to quantitatively measure the impact of a particular author, journal or article. Impact Factors are a type of scholarly metric.

Impact Factor / Journal Impact Factor

  • Impact Factor or Journal Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the “average article” published in a given scholarly journal has been cited in a particular year or period of time. It is often used to measure or describe the importance of a particular journal to its field.
  • Note: Please note that impact factors are not always the best indicator of a journal's quality or relevance. What constitutes a high score varies between disciplines (This is because writing patterns, citation norms, the pace of research, and the number of people in the field of interest will vary by discipline

Learn More about Citation Analysis

Working Groups / Initiatives


Sources of Impact Factors

Alternative Metrics

Mapping Science and Meta-Research

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