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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:

  • Kear, R., & Colbert-Lewis, D. (2011). Citation searching and bibliometric measures: Resources for ranking and tracking. College & Research Libraries News, 72(8), 470-474.
  • Roemer, R., & Borchardt, R. (2012). From bibliometrics to altmetrics: A changing scholarly landscape. College & Research Libraries News, 73(10), 596-600.

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


Determining scholarly impact using free online sources

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 Google