Monday, August 6, 2007

Journal Ranking Systems, Journal Citation Reports (ISI) and Eigenfactor

Journal Citation Reports (ISI) help in the evaluation and comparison Of academic journals. Journal Citation Reports show the:
  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field
The citation and article counts are indicators that current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers a perspective for journal evaluation and comparison.

Eigenfactor ranks journals similar to how Google ranks websites. This is a non-commercial network-based journal ranking system sponsored by the Bergstrom Lab (Department of Biology, University of Washington).

Compare JCR with Eigenfactor. The links to the following pages will help you understand the different services.