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
- Where to Publish Library guide – https://libguides.csu.edu.au/WhereToPublish
- Scimago – https://www.scimagojr.com/index.php
How to identify a journal’s ranking in SciMago by title
- Open Scimago
- Enter the title or ISSN of the journal you’re interested in – not every journal will be listed in SciMago.
- 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.
- 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.
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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