UTS Library

Journal Metrics

Journal metrics measure the academic impact of journals. There are many citation-based indicators for journals, most of which are calculated using the data from two databases: Web of Science or Scopus.

In developing your publishing strategy, we recommend identifying high-quality journals aligned with your discipline and topic.

Here are some guides to get you started:

See below for advice about specific platforms.

Web of Science-based indicators

  • Journal Impact Factor (JIF), 5-year JIF, JIF is the average number of citations that the articles from the journal published in the past two years (e.g., 2014-2015) have been cited in the JCR year (e.g., 2016). JIR is calculated year by year. Only use JIF to compare the journals in the same field. See the details for JIF.
  • Find journals’ JIF at Journal Citation Report.
  • Watch the video on Journal Citation Reports - Journal Impact Factor

SCOPUS-based indicators

  • CiteScore is the average number of citations in a year that the articles published in previous three years received in SCOPUS. Only use CiteScore to compare the journals in the same field. 
  • SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) expresses the average number of weighted citations per document. A citation will be counted differently depending on the ranking of the citing journal in a field. See detailed description of SJR.
  • SNIP (Source normalized impact per publication) measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. SNIP is derived by taking a journal’s citation count per paper and dividing it by the citation potential in its subject field. SNIP corrects for differences in citation practices between scientific fields. A detailed explanation is offered in the scientific paper.
  • Find journals’ CiteScore, SJR and SNIP at Elsevier Journal Metrics.
  • Find journals’ SJR at SCImago Journal Rank
  • Watch the video Introducing CiteScore metrics

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) journal list

ERA evaluates the quality of the research in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks. For your research to be used in the UTS ERA submission, you must publish in a journal in the ERA journal list. These are created by committees of expert researchers from both Australia and international institutions and are a comprehensive collection of journals and conferences.  You can find a list of journals by 4 digits Field of Research (FoR) codes. Some historical data of previous ERA lists can be viewed from John Lamp's page on Deakin University.

Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) journal quality list

Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List follows an extensive review conducted by Expert Panels, which assessed journals relating to Business and Taxation Law; Economics; Finance including Actuarial Studies; Information Systems; Management, Commercial Services and Transport and Logistics; Marketing and Tourism; and other areas.