Some of the interesting topics coming across our desks this week include:
of Nonprofits on Public Policy
care in the Emergency Room
in-depth look at a conversation we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or
over the phone:
Have more questions about Impact Factors or evaluating journals? Just ask!
Question: How do I find out about journal impact factors?
Answer: The library subscribes to Journal Citation Reports which provides one way to
assess the prestige or influence of a journal.
Find “Journal Citation Reports” in the Library’s A-Z Databases list. We have access to two sets of journals. The JCR Science Edition contains
data about more than 8,000 journals in science and technology, and the JCR
Social Sciences Edition contains data about more than 2,600
journals in the social sciences.
The Impact Factor is calculated by dividing the number of
citations that year by the total number of
articles published in the two previous years. An Impact Factor of 1.0 means
that, on average, the
articles published one or two year ago have been cited one time. An Impact
Factor of 2.5 means that, on average, the articles published one or two year ago
have been cited two and a half times. The citing works may be articles
published in the same journal. However, most citing works are from different
journals, proceedings, or books indexed by Web of Science.
Other metrics can also
be useful in assessing the influence or prestige of journals as well.
Week in Reference: January 23rd, 2015