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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

Step by Step: 
  1. Stop! Are you looking for both Times Cited and Impact Factors? Jump to the Alternative Method below, which streamlines the process.
  2. On the Library's Home page, click on the Journal Citations Report link under Top Resources.
  3. 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.
  4. You will be taken to the Journal Profile for that journal:

  5. 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:
  6. To get to the journal ranking, scroll down below this table and click on Rank from the lower left menu.
  7. 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. 

Alternative Method - Start with Times Cited

  1. 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.
  2. Choose Web of Science from the Library home page from the list of Top Resources.
  3. Make sure the drop-down menu next to "Search" (in orange) says All Databases (if not, change to All Databases).
  4. 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).

  5. From the Results list, click on the title of the citation of interest.
  6. You will now be viewing the citation. See the Times Cited information on the right, under "Citation Network" (see 1 below)
  7. 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.

  8. 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 or request a consultation.