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Scholarly Communications

In 2003, ACRL defined scholarly communication as "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to to the scholarly community, and preserved."

Sources for journal metrics

Sources for journal metrics

Eigenfactor: The Eigenfactor Score is a measure of a specific journal's importance to the scientific community. Scores are based on 5 years of citations. Search by journal name or journal subject category.

Google Scholar journal metrics: Lists of 20 top publications for major disciplines and many subdisciplines. To view your subject's top journals, click "View Top Publication" at the bottom of page, then choose your discipline, and narrow down to subdiscipline, if desired.

Finding Out a Journal's Impact Factor

Reliability of Impact Factor

Greenwood, D. C. (2007). Reliability of journal impact factor rankings. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 7(48), 48.

Howard, J. (2009). Humanities journals confront identity crisis. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 55(19), A1

Satyanarayana, K. & Sharma, A. (2008). Impact factor: Time to move on. The Indian Journal of Medical Research, 127(1), 4-6.

Seglen, P. O. (1997). Why the impact factor of journals should not be used for evaluating research. British Medical Journal, 314(7079), 498-502. 

Identifying Predatory or Low-Quality Journals

Predatory journals are part of an exploitive open access publishing business model involving charging authors publication fees without providing editorial and other publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not).

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