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What are journal rankings?
Journal Rankings are used as a way to see what titles are the most used within a field or discipline. This ranking is based on many factors such as the number of times that a journal has been cited, the quality of the journal that cited the title and the journals visibility within a discipline. Knowing this helps us understand the scholar's impact in their chosen field.
Journal rankings also help an author decide if a journal is a good fit for their article. They can see if the review process for the journal is done by an editor or if the publication is peer reviewed. Other characteristics of the review process would include how many reviewers and whether the reviews are "blind". Finally, what percentage of submitted manuscripts are accepted by this journal? A high percentage might indicate a title that is easier to publish within and a low percentage might mean the journal is very selective.
Journal rankings are important and in some schools are used in tenure decisions.
From the SciMago webpage: "The SJR (Scientific Journal Ranking) is a size-independent prestige indicator that ranks journals by their 'average prestige per article'. It is based on the idea that 'all citations are not created equal'. SJR is a measure of scientific influence of journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from It measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is."
CWTS - Meaningful Metrics
The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University in the Netherlands developed SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) based on Scopus data. The journal indicators provide free access to bibliometric indicators on 20,000+ scientific journals.
A free and searchable database that covers the natural and social sciences and also lists "newsprint, PhD theses, popular magazines and more".
Google Journal Metrics
Analyzes the last five years of journal articles from websites that follow Google's inclusion guidelines as well as conference articles and preprints from a small number of manually identified sources. Excludes publications with less than 100 articles during the five-year period and those with no citations.
PlumX is the growing analysis tool that looks at the social media conversation that is being had about scholarly content by researchers on research.
SCimago and Scopus Source Rankings
SCimago Journal Ranking tool
A free website that uses Scopus data to calculate SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP). Use SCIimago to compare rankings of up to 10 journals at one time.
Scopus is a citation search tool that indexes and abstracts a phenomenal amount of content. Each citation contains a detail abstract and then provides links to cited and cited from resources.