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Scholarly impact factors (bibliometrics) provide information on the perceived importance of a journal article or journal title itself, based on how many times others have cited, read, or commented on these sources.  Evaluating scholarly impact can be useful in the tenure process, as well as a means to find additional articles on a given topic.

For additional information on bibliometric measures, please see the following articles:

* Tip: For best results, examine multiple scholarly impact factors. *


Determining scholarly impact using Google


Sorting the wheat from the chaff

When it comes to online Open Access journals, there are reputable ones and not so reputable ones.  To determine the difference, use the sites below.

Determining scholarly impact using the library's databases

  • Academic Search Complete
    See which articles are citing a specific author, article, or journal by conducting a "Cited References" search. This option is available in the blue banner that runs across the top of the page.

Determining scholarly impact using free online sources

  • Altmetrics
    Almetrics explores the impact of links, bookmarks, online conversations, and more.
  • Eigenfactor
    Carl Bergstrom and his colleagues at the University of Washington developed the Eigenfactor score. The Eigenfactor score represents the top 1,000 journals and uses data from Thomas Reuters' Journal Citations Reports to measure how frequently journal articles from the last five years have been cited.
  • Impact Story
    Impact Story is useful for measuring the scholarly impact made via open access sources, such as Public Library of Science (PLoS), as well as social media.
  • PLoS (Public Library of Science) Article Level Metrics
    Measures scholarly impact of article in the open access Public Library of Science (PLoS) and social media buzz. Articles are also ranked individually by comments.
  • SCImago Journal and Country Rank
    Using Scopus data, this site offers two (2) metrics:
    1. SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
    2. Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)

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