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Check for Journal Impact Factor

Use Incites Journal Citation Reports to search for a specific journal title or browse by subject category and discover it's Journal Impact Factor, or JIF.

1. Search by title or select "Categories" to browse journals in a subject area

2. When you select a journal, you will see the JIF under the Journal's Performance section

The most well-known journal level metric is the JIF. It is useful in comparing the relative influence of journals within a discipline, as measured by citations. Learn more about how JIF is calculated and the factors to consider when consulting impact factors on Ohio State University, Wooster Campus Research Library's Journal Impact Factor--What is it? page.

Important Note: The JIF is only available for journals indexed in the Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index in the Web of Science Core Collection so not every journal has an JIF.

Check for CiteScore

Use Scopus to find CiteScores, another journal-level impact metric.

1. Click on "Sources" in the top menu

2. Search by title to find a specific journal or by subject area to browse journals

3. When you select a journal title, you can see the CiteScore and the numbers used to calculate the score.

Important Note: Similar to the JIF, CiteScores are only available for journals indexed in Scopus so not every journal has a CiteScore.

Learn more about how CiteScores are calculated at University College Dublin Library's CiteScore (Scopus) page.

Think.Check.Submit Checklist


The Think.Check.Submit Journal checklist is a tool that will help you discover what you need to know when assessing whether or not a publisher is suitable for your research. The list includes specific questions to help evaluate open access journals to help avoid predatory publishers.