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Citation Analysis

This guide covers resources for conducting citation analysis, finding impact factors and journal rankings. Useful for promotion and tenure.

Journal Impact Factor

Using Journal Citation Reports to Analyze Journals:

  1. Go to Journal Citation Reports database.
  2. Choose the Science or Social Sciences Edition and the Year. Select an option to search for a specific journal, or to view a group of journals.

    JCR Main Search Options

    3. To search for a specific journal, you may search by Full or Abbreviated journal title, title word, or ISSN. We will search for the journal Genome Biology.

    JCR Journal Title Search

    4. Click on the hyperlinked journal title to see more information on the journal including Impact Factor, Immediacy Index, Cited Half-Life, Cited Journal Graph,etc.

    JCR Journal Title Result

    5. The Screen below shows the details for the journal Genome Biology.

    JCR Journal Title Full Record

     

    Searching for Journal Impact Factors by Subject:

    1. Go to Journal Citation Reports

    2.Choose the Science or Social Sciences Edition and the Year. Select "View a group of journals" by subject category.

    JCR Journals by Subject Categoy

    3. Select one or more subject categories. You have an option of sorting your results by impact factor, total cites, Eigenfactor, Immediacy index etc.

    JCR Subject Categories List

    4. You will then get a journal summary list page that shows the impact factor of the journals in your selected category or categories. For additional analysis and explanation of impact factor and other metrics, click the journal's title.

    JCR Jounals List by Subject Category

    For more information about Journal Citation Reports,consult this tutorial from Thomson Scientific.

      
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