This tutorial will introduce you to a specialized tool and database known as InCites Journal Citation Reports or JCR. In this video, you will learn what an impact factor is, how to find a journal’s impact factor, and how to compare journals’ based on their impact factor. JCR can help you to identify and compare the most highly cited scholarly journals in your field of study JCR includes both Science, as indicated by SCIE, and Social Science Journals, as indicated by SSCI. For each journalist in its listing, JCR provides an impact indicator known as the impact factor. Although there are a number of ways to view journal data, the impact factor is the focus of this tutorial. Impact factors give you an idea of how influential a journal is by comparing how many times they have been cited. Within a single subject area, the impact factor can be a useful indicator to academic researchers. For example, this information can help researchers decide where to submit their article manuscripts. Journals with high impact factors are often considered to be more prestigious. To access JCR, go through the libraries homepage, choose Databases, search JCR, and click the link. As you browse through JCR, you will see it contains a lot of information, including ranking journals by impact factor. You can also search for a specific journal title, to retrieve the information for that individual journal. You can also view a group of journals by several criteria using the filters in the sidebar. These filter options include “Select Journals” for finding specific journal titles. “Select Categories” for journals on a specific subject. You can filter by JCR Year dating back to 1997. Filter by Science or Social Science Journals, filter Open Access journals. Filter by a category schema from two science databases, Filter by Publisher, and filter by Country or Region. You can also filter by impact factor by choosing a range. Or, by the average percentile of a journal’s impact factor. This last filter transforms the category based ranking of the journal’s impact factor into a percentile value. This percentile value allows you to compare a journal’s impact factor across categories. Don’t forget to click submit after choosing your criteria. You can organize this journal summary list by using the headers at the top of the page. The list is already organized by impact factor in descending order. This means that journals at the top are those with the highest impact factor. For the 2018 rankings, 78 journals appear in the Psychology category. The list includes the titles of the journal and the impact factor is listed here. For example, the 11th journal on this list is Journal of NeuroPsychology and it has an impact factor of 3.786. This means, that articles from the two most recent years of this journal were cited on average about four times. Clicking on the title of this journal provides us with more information including data from previous years, the impact factor without journal self-cites, and much more. The impact factor calculation is based on a two year period and involves dividing the number of times articles were cited by the number of articles that are citable. It’s important to note that although JCR includes thousands of journals in its rankings many regional or specialized journals may not appear. This has been a brief introduction to JCR, one of the many tools Dalhousie Libraries, provides to help you learn and research effectively. Thank you for watching! For subject guides, live help, other online tutorials, and contact information
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