Impact and Metrics: Library Tools and Services

Journal Metrics Overview

These resources  are your best bet to find highly-ranked journals and you can contact your USF subject Librarian for more help!

Make sure to use our Research and Creative Metrics Template

  • This is a general document and guide for librarians, faculty, and students to use to collect metrics information on their published and presented creative works.

Journal Impact Factors (JIF)

Journal Impact Factors (JIF) are released annually by Clarivate Analytics. All journals in the JCR appear in the Web of Science journal citation databases. The Journal Impact Factor gives a measure of the frequency that the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year or number of years. 


Introduced in 2016, Elsevier's CiteScore metric calculates the average number of citations received in a calendar year by the number of items published by the journal in the previous three years. 

SCIMago Journal Rank (SJR)

Using Scopus data, SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) offers metrics that are the average number of weighted citations received in year over the number of documents published in the previous three years. Citations are weighted--worth more or less--depending on the source that they come from (subject field, quality and reputation of the journal, etc.) These metrics can be applied to journals, book series and conference proceedings. The SCImago site allows you to view journal rankings by subject area. Below is a brief tutorial about locating journals in Arts and Humanities by SJR quartile and H index ranking.

Other Journal Ranking and Information Resources