How do I find the impact factor and rank for a journal?
Use the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) to locate impact factors. The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year. The JCR also lists journals and their impact factors and ranking in the context of their specific field(s).
NEW: the Library can generate a report with Times Cited, Impact Factor, Journal Category and Journal Rank data for SOM faculty publication lists. This saves a great deal of time on this process. To get help, request a consultation with a librarian, or email email@example.com.
- Stop! Are you looking for both Times Cited and Impact Factors? Jump to the Alternative Method below, which streamlines the process.
- On the Library's Home page, click on the Journal Citations Report link under Top Resources.
- In InCites Journal Citation Reports, use the "Go to Journal Profile" search option to enter your journal title or abbreviation and click on the search button.
- You will be taken to the Journal Profile for that journal:
- Scroll down to the Key Indictators table. The Journal Impact Factor will be displayed, with the most recent year available at the top of the column:
- To get to the journal ranking, scroll down below this table and click on Rank from the lower left menu.
- A table called JCR Impact Factor will appear with the Rank in each Category the journal is in (see below). NOTE: you may have to scroll right to see all the categories.
- You can start with a journal citation and use Web of Knowledge/Web of Science to first get the times cited information, then link to the journal for the Impact Factor and rank.
- Choose Web of Science from the Library home page from the list of Top Resources.
- Make sure the drop-down menu next to "Search" (in orange) says All Databases (if not, change to All Databases).
- On the Basic Search screen,enter the author's name in the box, using last name, then initial or initials (see below). Choose Author from the drop-down menu. Click on the Search button. NOTE: you may have to experiment with what format retrieves the best results: two initials, one initial, or one initial plus the asterisk (wild card).
- From the Results list, click on the title of the citation of interest.
- You will now be viewing the citation. See the Times Cited information on the right, under "Citation Network" (see 1 below)
- Scroll down the record, and at the very bottom under Journal Information, you will see the link impact Factor: Journal Citation Reports (see 2 below). Click on this link.
- You will now be taken to Journal Citation Reports. You will be on the Journal Profile page. Follow steps 4-7 above to get to the Impact Factor and Rank data.
For additional information about searching for Times Cited, see How Do I Find Out Times Cited for an Article?
For product details about the new Journal Citation Reports, see Welcome to the Next Generation Journal Citation Reports which features additional How Do I documents as well as training videos.
For one-on-one assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or request a consultation.