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How to Assess a Journal

Finding impact ratings and citation counts

What is the accepted source for impact ratings and cite counts?

Impact ratings are normally for journals – not articles. You can find out the impact factor of a particular journal by using the database “Journal citation reports” found on our website under Search and find/Databases A-Z/Journal citation reports.

Citation counts are most reliably obtained through the database Web of Science, although Google Scholar will also provide citation counts (these are usually inflated somewhat).  JStor, PshyINfo, and Academic Search Premier also provide citation counts.

Here is a method in Web of Science database to find all the publications authored by individuals from a particular address, in this case Division of Medical Science, University of Victoria.  This will give you the number of times a particular article has been cited. Remember to choose the address field.

Address=(Univ Victoria SAME Div Med Sci SAME Victoria SAME BC SAME Canada)

Refined by: Document Types=( ARTICLE )


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You can use the H-index to calculate the Author impact.   Web of Science provides this; do an author search and then choose  "Create citation report".   The report displays the  h-index .

Learn about Journal Impact Factors

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