Journal metrics, like Impact Factor, are used to illuminate citation trends and patterns within journals and subject fields. Journal metrics can be used to:
Identifying the acceptance rates of journals can be very helpful when deciding where to publish your research and throughout the promotion and tenure process. Each journal publication has their own way of calculating the acceptance rate, whether it uses the total number of manuscripts received or total number of manuscripts reviewed by editors. No matter what the method may be, journal publications with low acceptance rates are considered to be more prestigious.
Methods of locating a journal's acceptance rate:
InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is the official source of Journal Impact Factors™. It is published annually in two editions, Science and Social Sciences. JCR also provides additional journal metrics. For more information, see the Journal Citation Reports New Primer.
Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) This tool uses Scopus journal information to allow users to search and analyze journal and country rankings.
Cabell's Whitelist and Blacklist Includes information about journal acceptance rates, turnaround times, and more.
Eigenfactor Scientific journals are rated by the number of incoming citations, where citations from more highly ranked journals make a greater contribution to the eigenfactor than citations from more poorly ranked journals. The score was developed at the University of Washington by Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom.
European Reference Index for the Humanities ERIH is developed by and for European-language researchers.
Harzing's Publish or Perish The software program uses Google Scholar to retrieve and analyze academic citations to present statistics on citations, journal metrics, and author metrics.
ImpactStory (formerly Total Impact) The open-source tool provides a comprehensive look at a scholar’s research impact, ranging from journal article metrics to blog posts, datasets, and software.
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) Using the Scopus database, SNIP is “ calculated as the number of citations given in the present year to publications in the past three years divided by the total number of publications in the past three years.” For more information, see CWTS Journal Indicators.