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Education (PK-12)

Journal Metrics

"The Journal Impact Factor is defined as all citations to the journal in the current JCR year to items published in the previous two years, divided by the total number of scholarly items (these comprise articles, reviews, and proceedings papers) published in the journal in the previous two years." Source:


Journal Impact Factor Calculation:

(citations from JCR year to items in 'current year minus 2' + citations from JCR year to items in 'current year minus 1')


(citable items in 'current year minus 2' + citable items in 'current year minus 1')

Three categories focus on education journals:

  • Education & Educational Research
  • Education, Scientific Disciplines
  • Education, Special

To browse education journals:

  • Go to "Advanced Search"
  • Click "Add filters"
  • Select "Disciplines & Topics"

Education related disciplines and topics include:

  • Educational Curriculum & Methods
  • Educational Psychology & Administration
  • Educational Technology & Library Science

Journal Metrics powered by Scopus provides CiteScore, Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) metrics for journals.

"CiteScore is the number of citations received by a journal in one year to documents published in the three previous years, divided by the number of documents indexed in Scopus published in those same three years." "CiteScore’s numerator and denominator both include all document types. This not only includes articles and reviews but also letters, notes, editorials, conference papers and other types indexed by Scopus." Source:


CiteScore Calculation:

Citations in Year to Documents Published in Previous 3 Years


Number of Documents Published in Previous 3 Years


"SNIP measures a source’s contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field." Source:


"SJR is weighted by the prestige of a journal. Subject field, quality, and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation." "SJR assigns relative scores to all of the sources in a citation network. Its methodology is inspired by the Google PageRank algorithm, in that not all citations are equal." Source:

Find "Education" under the "Social Sciences" subject area

Google Scholar Metrics provides top journals in multiple disciplines using the h5-index and h5-median.

The “h5-index is the h-index for articles published in the last 5 complete years. It is the largest number h such that h articles published in 2011-2015 have at least h citations each.” Source:
The “h5-median for a publication is the median number of citations for the articles that make up its h5-index.” Source:

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