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Scholarly Impact

What are Journal Metrics?

Journal metrics, like Impact Factor, are used to illuminate citation trends and patterns within journals and subject fields.  Journal metrics can be used to:  

  • Track citation patterns within journals
  • Select highly-cited journals for manuscript submission
  • Assist in determining an author's impact

Understanding Journal Acceptance Rates

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:

  • Sometimes journals will include this data in the information for authors page of websites or print publications
  • Professional societies or associations may share the acceptance rates of journals within their discipline
  • Contact the editor of the journal for the specific acceptance rate

Determining a Journal's Impact

CiteScore is available in Scopus and calculated using Scopus data and includes rankings by subjects/fields. See Cite Score for more information.

Scimago Journal Rank (SJR)  is calculated using Scopus data. The SJR site allows to find SJRs and includes rankings by subjects/fields. 

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) is calculated using Scopus data. SNIP attempts to correct differences in citation practices to allow comparisons of journal impact across subjects/fields. For more information, see CWTS Journal Indicators.

Harzing's Publish or Perish  uses Google Scholar to retrieve and analyze academic citations to present statistics on citations, journal metrics, and author metrics (free software).

Cabell's provides alternative metrics as well as information about journal acceptance rates, turnaround times, and more.

Our Research provides alternative metrics for scholarship and software using open source data through various projects including Impact Story Profiles,, and Depsy.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is the official source of Journal Impact Factors™ and other journal metrics.
After 6/30/22, JCR will no longer be available at Duquesne. Contact David Nolfi if you have questions.