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The purpose of this very simple page is to give the searcher an introduction to journal rankings.
Researchers use journal rankings for many purposes but mostly they use rankings to see the quality of research from a publisher, from an author or from an institution. There are many metrics in play when it comes to ranking journals but the most common methods rely on the premise that highly cited journals contain articles that cite other highly cited journals. As articles contained in journals are cited more frequently by others, their prestige increases as does their rankings. This is often referred to as the SJR
Over the years researchers have looked for other ways to rank a journal or journal article since once an article title is published it can take years to be cited by other researchers and generated data for rankings. Because of this citation lag they are developing other metrics. Plum Analytics analyzes social media platforms to find mentions of authors and their research. These types of social media postings happen quickly allowing us to rank the popularity of a journal, article and authors work in real time.
Author citation - how many times has a journal article been cited?
Google Scholar (HPU-specific link)
Doing a search allows the researcher to find particular articles. But in the citation the researcher can also find "Cited by" to see a list of other authors that have cited this resource. In the advanced search the researcher can search the author's name. You might have to try a variations of the name.
Do remember that many of these titles are embargoed - so most are not current but the coverage is vast - High Point subscribes to all of the Jstor collections.
ProQuest Central via NCLIVE
Scholarly articles show references and cited references for each citation.
PsycINFO via EBSCO
PsycINFO is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. This database from the American Psychological Association (APA) contains abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations.
PubMed (HPU-specific link)
Comprises more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. Citations may include links to full text articles from PubMed Central or publisher web sites. Use Journal Finder for article access.
Journal Listing Resources
Journal listing resources allow the researcher to locate a specific title to see if it is current, locally held and even it if is well regarded in the field.
We have listed two: Journal Finder - the source the University uses as a searchable archive of our journal holdings. The other source called Cufts or TruSerial is a serial lookup tool that shows the researcher where a journal is indexed and if full-text is available.
Cufts Serial List
Search for a serial title to find out where it exists as a full-text or indexed resource.
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