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SOCI 681:Sociology Graduate Student Professional Development Seminar (Spring 2021)

Journals Acceptance Rate, Impact Factor, Publisher Copyright Policies, Scholar Productivities & More

I.  Education Journals Acceptance / Rejection Rates

II.  Journal Citation Reports / Citation Analysis

  • Journal Citation Reports, Social Sciences 2001-  shows journals cited and their impact factors
  • Scopus covers journals in science, social sciences, humanities and medical fields
  • Scimago Journal and Country Rank includes journals and country scientific indicators from Scopus. These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains. Data back to 1996 (Scopus).
  • Eigenfactor shows ratings of the total importance of a scientific journal
    EF -- Eigenfactor score measures the importance of a journal to the scientific community, by considering the origin of the incoming citations, and is thought to reflect how frequently an average researcher would access content from that journal
    AI -- Article Influence score measures the average influence of articles in the journal, and is therefore comparable to the ISI impact factor.  <<>>

III.  Impact Factor (journal impact) / SJR (journal impact) / H-Index (scholar productivity)

  • To determine the citation impact factor of a journal
    Web of Science > Additional Resources > JOURNAL CITATION REPORTS
  • To determine the SJR of a journal:
    • Scopus > JOURNAL ANALYSER > enter a journal name> see its SJR, SNIP, CITATION ....
    • See also Scimago Journal and Country Rank and Section V for some examples.
  • To determine H index:
    • Web of Science > enter name in AUTHOR field > CREATE CITATION REPORT >
    • Scopus > AUTHOR SEARCH > enter NAME, AFFILIATION >VIEW CITATION OVERVIEW > H Index or the H Graph in the Overview.

IV.  Works or Authors Cited

V.  Some Scenarios of Journal/Author/Institution Output Analysis

VI.  Journal Self Cites

  • Journal Self Cites
     Web of Science > Additional Resources >Essential Science Indicators> Submit> a full journal title > Cited Journal Data > Journal Self Cites 

VII. Online Availability (journals in specific databases) / Peer-reviewed Journals

VIII. Publisher's Copyright Policies & Self-archiving

  • Sherpa RoMEO - publishers' general policies on self-archiving of journal articles. Each entry provides a summary of the publisher's policy, including what version of an article can be deposited, where it can be deposited, and any conditions that are attached to that deposit.

IX.  Topic Trends, Frequent Keywords, Frequent Journals, Frequent Authors​

  • Any Proquest database> search a topic > see PUBLICATION DATE bar graphs. (Each bar shows the number of articles published within that decade. The change of the graphs reveals the trends of a given topic.)
  • Annual Reviews  A multidisciplinary database. You can re-rank search results by Most Cited or Most downloaded. The database also has a way to show Frequent Authors, Frequent Journals and Frequent Keywords.