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Inst of Higher Education: Fall Webinar: Less Searching and More Finding: Journal Rankings

Where to Publish?

With millions of journals to choose from, how do you know where to submit your work? Here are two databases that may help you decide:

Journal Citation Reports--Multidisciplinary database that ranks most major academic journals by how often they have been cited. JCR keeps track of the value of journals in terms of quality. Every title listed in JCR is scholarly. You can search by category if you want more of an overview:


Searching for Adult Education Quarterly brings this result:


What IS the Journal Impact Factor?

Our friends at Wikipedia offer this definition of the Journal Impact Factor:

The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a scientometric index that reflects the yearly average number of citations that articles published in the last two years in a given journal received. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher impact factors are often deemed to be more important than those with lower ones.

The examples below are from the Journal Citation Report.

Journal Impact Factor

Impact factor results are often presented this way:

Metric Trends