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 title

  1. Open Scimago
  2. Enter the title or ISSN of the journal you’re interested in – not every journal will be listed in SciMago.
  3. Select the appropriate title in the results list. The journal’s 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.
  4. 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 that you have read articles from. Is this journal a good fit for an article you may want to publish in that area?



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