Journal Level Metrics
What is the Journal Impact Factor?
How can I find the Journal Impact Factor for my journal?
While the Journal Impact Factor is the best known resource for ranking journals, there are other resources for ranking journals and some of these alternatives might be more useful for selecting a journal that is a good fit for your resource.
Is the journal legitimate?
Criteria for detecting predatory journals:
Is there is a list of approved journals?
What about lists of predatory journals?
Is the journal prestigious?
Journal ranking resources:
Journal ranking services are excellent tools for evaluating the legitimacy of journals. Their rankings and metrics are based on how many times a journal’s articles have been cited by other journals. If a journal is frequently cited, it’s unlikely that it’s a predatory journals
SCIMago, developed by a research group from the University of Granada in Spain, is open source website that evaluates and ranks journals
One approach to locating a journal that is a good fit for your research is to search article databases to locate journals that are publishing articles on your topic.
Scopus (Link to database)
Scopus covers every academic discipline. After searching for your topic, you can filter results by "Source Title" to identify journals publishing articles on your topic.
EBSCOHost databases (Link to databases)
EBSCOHost database include several subject specific databases such as PsycINFO, Business Source Premier, EconLit, MLA International Bibliography, etc.
After searching for a topic, click the "Publication" link on the left-hand side of the screen to identify journals publishing articles on a topic.
Limitations of Acceptance rates:
-Acceptance rates are useful for selecting journals for publication. It’s especially useful to know acceptance rates if you need to publish your article as soon as possible.
-In contrast to journal metrics based on how often articles are cited by other journals, there is a lack of transparency with acceptance rates. Only the editor is aware of the true acceptance rate.
-Predatory journals will sometimes provide false acceptance rates in an attempt to make their journal appear legitimate (the real acceptance rate of predatory journals is probably 95-100%).
-Acceptance rates should not be used to evaluate the prestige or scholarly impact of journals.