How do you know which is the best journal to publish your article in?  You may need to take into account a number of factors including the audience you are trying to reach, how frequently the journal is published and, arguably one of the most important factors, the impact factor of the journal which determines how it is ranked and viewed by the academic community.

Finding journal ranking information has recently become easier with the introduction of the new InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR), from Thomson Reuters. JCR has long been recognised as one of the best sources of impact factor and journal citation information and a recent facelift has made it more user friendly and offers improved features.

It is very easy to select a category, such as ‘Management’, and display all of the Journals in the category by Impact Factor as below, or by other rankings such as Total cites or the Eigenfactor Score.  If you want to have different indicators you can easily customize output by clicking on the ‘Customize Indicators’ tab.  You can also add journals to the existing list and compare selected journals.  If you wish to look at journals from a particular publisher or country you can do that too.  Other options are to look at the JIF quartile and to choose specific impact factor ranges.

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Clicking on an individual journal title, e.g. Academy of Management Review, displays all of the available key indicators for that journal.  For this title, data goes back to the 1990s.

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The ‘Citing Journal Data’ link will take you to The Citing Journal Graph which shows the distribution (by cited year) of citations published in the journal during the JCR year to items published in journals during the last 10 years. Below that you’ll find a list of Citing Journals with the data information.

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All of the information in JCR’s reports is downloadable in PDF, CSV or XLS formats.

InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is an excellent resource.  Take a look at it.  You won’t be disappointed!

If you have any questions about InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR), please do not hesitate to contact us.

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