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Journal Metrics

Benchmark scores for the impact of a journal

Journal metrics attempt to quantify the research impact of a publication or authors work.  Referred to as the impact factor, these calculations attempt to provide context for the scientific importance, or relevance of a journal or publication.

Traditionally, two different companies have provided journal level metric data:

  1. Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics - formerly Thompson Scientific) 
  2. Scopus (Sources/CiteScore (Elsevier)

The library licenses the Scopus database from Elsevier.  However, both publishers have made their data freely available to third parties, who in turn have developed their own mathematical models based on these datasets to determine a journals impact. 

Scopus incorporates SCImago Journal & Country Rank along side their own proprietary metrics called CiteScore.

Journal Metrics

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