There are various journal ranking tools available to help you think about which journal is 'best' for your article. They include:
2 year and 5 year Journal Impact Factors
Immediacy Index number
Scopus Journal Analyser (click on Compare journals)
SJR - SCImago Journal Rank Indicator
SNIP - Source Normalized Impact per Paper
Incites (ask for more info via the Research Office)
(you may also have heard of Essential Science Indicators and/or SciVal but these are not currently available at Newcastle University).
Other journal ranking companies
In recent years, other journal ranking companies have emerged. Use these with care.
Use impact factors to:
Limitations of the JCR
More information about the JCR.
Free web-based service http://eigenfactor.org
Also part of JCR (uses Web of Science data).
A single citation from a high quality journal may hold more value than multiple citations from peripheral journals.
The Eigenfactor of a journal is based on the citations it receives from other journals, where citations from highly ranked journals are given more weight than others.
Part of Scopus and also available at http://www.journalmetrics.com.
Takes a research field’s citation frequency into account.
The world of journal ranking, impact factor and citation metrics is not well-developed in arts and humanities disciplines. This is mainly due to differing trends and practices in research and scholarly communication in the humanities compared with other subject areas (such as the much greater importance of monographs over journals, and lower citation rates).
The European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) is an attempt to produce a database of significant journals in the humanities. However, ERIH has proved controversial – see articles here and here, for example.
You can read more about metrics and research assessment in the arts and humanities on the British Academy web site.
Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, gave some brief views on metrics and the humanities in an interview in 2009.
Thinking of setting up your own open access academic journal? Here are a few links to help you.