Publication and Journal Metrics

In developing your publishing strategy, we recommend identifying high quality journals aligned with your discipline and topic. While there is no single definition of ‘quality’ for journals, it’s important to understand how different citation-based metrics are used to assess quality.

Publication metrics

For an introduction to ‘traditional and non-traditional research outputs’ and guidance on where to publish, see the Research Outputs page in Staff Connect.

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.

Here are some guides to get you started:

Scopus-based indicators

  • CiteScore is the average citations per document (calculated annually) that a title receives in SCOPUS over a three-year period. Only use CiteScore to compare journals in the same field. 
  • SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 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.
  • Source Normalized Impact per Publication (SNIP) 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.

Web of Science-based indicators

  • Journal Impact Factor (JIF), is the average number of citations that articles from the journal published in the past two years (e.g., 2014-2015) have been cited in the JCR year (e.g., 2016). JIF is calculated year by year. Only use JIF to compare journals in the same field.

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 Australian 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.

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 assesses 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.