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Using Web of Science to Find a Journal's Impact and Rank

Journals that are indexed in the article database Web of Science are ranked using a tool known as the Impact Factor, which is based on the previous two years' citation data.

Impact Factors are best used to compare journals in the same subject category, as citation rates vary widely between disciplines. For example, Nature has an Impact Factor of over 40, while American Historical Review has a factor which is below 2, yet each is ranked first in their subject category.

Ranked subject categories are divided into quartiles, with Q1 identifying the most-cited journals.

Get a Quick Overview Using Web of Science

Web of Science gives a quick overview of a journal’s Impact Factor, rank and quartile in the relevant subject category. The overview may not be available for all journals.

  1. Search Web of Science for the journal's title (called Publication Name)
  2. Select any article for that journal. Click the article title to open the record.
  3. Click on View Journal Information

    Web of Science - View Journal Information

  4. You will see a summary of information about your selected journal

Web of Science - Journal Summary

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