Latest impact factor data


The latest edition of Journal Citation Reports containing impact factors for 2015 has just been released. On campus you can access it from . If you need to use it off campus go to iFind and search for Incites Journal Citation Reports. This should take you to a point where you can use your Swansea University login.

Note that the database only covers science and social science although a few journals from other areas may have an impact factor.

If you want to look at the current ranking of journals within a subject area

  • go to Categories by Rank.


  • Click on the number which you can see in the Journals column in the image below. This will give you a listing of journals ranked by impact factor.


  • There is a check box at the left of the screen which you can use if you want to find open access journals with a good impact factor.

If you want more information on the different statistics available from JCR their guide is a good starting point.


Finding Impact Factors: Journal Citation Reports latest issue

Finding Impact Factors: Journal Citation Reports latest edition

Journal citation reports can be used to find out the impact factor for a journal. This is a useful way of finding quality journals where your article is more likely to be cited (although it only covers science and social sciences). Our brief guide will get you started and you can find some training videos on the Thomson web site.

What’s new?

The latest edition has just been released, covering journal analysis for2014. 272 new journals have been added. There are some new metrics and an open access filter allowing people to look specifically at  open access journals.

Once you have a list of the journals for your subject you can select the open access option to see which are the best performing open access journals for your area.

JCR open access

Want to know more?

Here are a few links to information to give you a flavour of the issues surrounding JCR and Impact Factors:

Need help

If you need help using Journal Citation Reports contact your subject librarian or

Publishing that first journal article

A recent training session at the library looked at getting published in a journal for the first-time.  There is a lot to consider and if you can get good advice from supervisors, colleagues and friends in your field that can be really helpful.  How do you choose the right journal to submit to? Should you go for high impact factors or open access?  How long does the whole process take? What about rejections? How does the peer review process work? What about “supplementary materials” and reserach data sets? What is meant by “Open Access”  journals and should you be considering these? And, then, once published, don’t forget to think about how you are going to publicise your research.

Powerpoints and handouts from the day are available alongside some additiona materials and suggestions of useful sources of information on Blackboard.

2012 Journal Citation Reports – Now Available!

ISI have released the most recent data which you can check to find Journal Impact factors.

The Library has a subscription to this and you can access the data on the Web of Knowledge platform. Log in using IP Authentication (on campus only) OR Institutional Authentication (your normal username & password). Choose the tab Select a database and then choose Journal Citation Reports.  This is a useful tool to help when deciding where to publish.

If you haven’t used this resource before, there is an online tutorial available or contact the library for assistance.

Tips for using Scopus: compare journals in your field

We ran a fully-booked session on “Getting Published” for Postgraduates this week in the library. One of the topics we looked at was finding the journals in your subject that have the biggest impact factor. The “Impact Factor” of a journal is a metric developed and owned by Thomson Reuters. Swansea University staff and students can use their Journal Citation Reports database for Social Sciences or Science to find the “Impact Factor” and other rankings for journals.

Scopus has its own alternative metric for assessing journal impact and ranking called the SJR (Scimago Journal Rank). This can be queried on the Scimago website (freely available) or from within the Scopus database. Some journals are ranked using this metric that do not appear on the Journal Citation Reports, in particular more recent journals as JCR requires three years of citation data before a journal can be ranked.

From within Scopus, click “Analytics” on the blue menu bar.

Search for a journal e.g. “Welsh History Review”. You can then drag and drop the journal title into the right-hand area to view line charts or tables for that journal. Search for more journals (e.g. “English Historical Review”) and add them to compare citation patterns. Use the slider tool below the chart to restrict to more recent years. Citation patterns are not usually comparable across subject areas – there is a drop-down list of subject areas below the search box if you wish to restrict the journals you are viewing.

To view all journals within a subject area by ranking, the Scimago website has a handy Journal Rankings facility.

Making an impact: using Journal Citation Reports and other tools to measure the impact of your research

Making an impact: using Journal Citation Reports and other tools to measure the impact of your research.

 Thursday 10th June, 11 am-12, PC Room 3 in the Library

This session will look at the ways you can monitor the impact your publications are having, especially useful when considering the REF. We will also look at Researcher ID as a way of raising your own profile, Journal citation reports, Web of Science facilities such as cited reference searching , citation mapping, times cited, citation alerts and amending your own author name entry if necessary.

To book a place please e-mail

If you are interested in this topic but unable to make this session your subject librarian would be happy to arrange something for you