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Journal Publishing and Citation Tracking: A Guide for Babson Faculty

An informational guide covering important aspects of the journal publishing process (discipline-based or pedagogical fields); Open Access journals (including predatory publishers); and journal citation tracking

Lead Instruction Librarian

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Daryl Bullis
Liaison to:
Arts & Humanities
Accounting & Law
History & Society
Math & Science

Journal Impact Factors and Metrics

There are several ways to evaluate journals' metrics for ranking purposes. One common method is by valuing a journal's impact factor (JIF) to determine its relative strength in comparison to other similar journals in a given discipline. Journals can also be valued by citation impact. Article-level citations are averaged for specific journals to create the citation impact of those journals. Article-level citations are also taken as aggregates to evaluate the impact of specific authors and/or their articles.

Clarivate Analytics InCites Journal Citation Reports



Elsevier Science Direct


To track citation counts by author or article, consult any or all of the following resources:

Thomson Reuters Web of Science



Google Scholar Citations (use to claim ownership of your published research indexed in Google Scholar, track citation counts)



Arizona State University Library Guide for Citation Research and Impact Metrics

A very detailed and useful guide for citation counts, journal rankings, and more.