Impact Factor and bibliometric indicators
About this module
When choosing where to submit your research, it can be helpful to consider a journal’s performance, or ‘citation impact’.
There are various metrics scholars rely on. In this module, we highlight some of the key ones. We start with the Impact Factor, probably the best known of the indicators available. Launched in the 1960s, it calculates the average number of citations received per published article. We move on to explore the Eigenfactor, SJR (SCimago Journal Rank), and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper). We complete our metrics tour by examining an indicator designed with authors, rather than journals, in mind; the H-Index. The content for this module was created by Elsevier’s Dr. Andrew Plume, who specializes in scientometrics (the scientific qualification and analysis of science).
You’ll come away with a good overview of the metrics available and why using them together creates a much clearer picture of a journal’s performance.