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Research Metrics and Scholarly Identity

This guide covers multiple aspects of scholarly communication. Learn what research metrics can be used for, what the most common metrics are and where to find them, how to define a scholarly identity, and how to use different tools to share that identity.

Journal-level metrics


  1. Journal acceptance and circulation rates
  2. Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Quartiles
    • Represents a journal’s rank in a category divided by the number of journals in the category
    • Q1 is best (represents journals with high rankings and a high number of journals in the category) and Q4 is worst
    • Find on Web of Science when you click on a publication title
  3. Eigenfactor
    • Calculated using a specific year's citations to articles published in the previous five years; does not include references to other articles in the same journal
    • A high Eigenfactor score indicates that a publication does not self-cite and controls the network of that discipline
    • Find at
  4. Scimago Journal Rank (SJR)
    • Accounts for the number of citations received by a journal as well as the prestige of the journals where the citations originated
    • Citations are weighted based on the prestige of the journal, which is determined by a method like Google's PageRank algorithm
    • Find at
  5. Google Scholar journal metrics
    • h5-index is the h-index for articles published in the last 5 complete years. It is the largest number h such that h articles published in 2015-2019 have at least h citations each
    • h5-median is the median number of citations for the articles that make up its h5-index
    • These metrics are available for the top 20 journals in each field / category on Google Scholar

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