In this activity we’ll look at how to find a journal on your topic, and identify its ranking/quality in that field using SciMago.

Why do you need to check on the ranking/quality of a journal?

Many thousands of journals are produced, and not every journal is made equal. This could be due to a number of factors, the editorial processes or the quality of the articles being published. One measure of quality is looking at the ranking of a journal.

Traditionally, the citation rate has been one way to rate a journal, but this leads to discrepancies when comparing two journals from difference fields – a journal from a scientific area may have many more citations to that from a journal in the social sciences because of the way researchers cite each other’s work.

Scimago is a database that looks at the citation rates and displays them in quartiles, ranking journals in countries, subject areas and subject categories, allowing the user to compare journals on a level playing field. The data is based on citation metrics for journals included in Scopus from 1996 onwards.

Where you can find information about SciMago and journal quality

 How to identify a journal’s ranking in SciMago by subject

  1. Open Scimago
  2. Select Journal Rankings at the top of the page
  3. Select the broad subject area – e.g., Human Resources sits under Business, Management and Accounting, Education sits under Social Sciences
  4. You can now look at the journal list, or continue to narrow your list by using the subject category list – the list will display the categories listed under the subject area you have selected
  5. You can now look at the journal list, or narrow the list by country – you may find the list too small if you select Australia. Your results should look something like this
  6. The Journals will be listed by SJR, list the top quartile ranked journals (Q1) followed by Q2, Q3 and Q4.
  7. To look at the details of a specific Journal, select the title of the Journal, this page will display more general information about the journal, including the h index for the journal, publisher, a link to the journal’s homepage, scope, coverage and other analytics.
  8. You can use this information to determine whether it is appropriate to your needs. Ultimately a Q1 or Q2 journal is considered better than Q3 or Q4, but sometimes the scope and audience of a Q3 journal is a better fit for your article.

Your Challenge

Locate a journal in your subject area and category that is ranked as Q2. Does the scope of the journal meet your needs if you were to publish with them?

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