Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find the impact factor and rank for a journal?

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Use the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) to locate impact factors. The impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year. The JCR also lists journals and their impact factors and ranking in the context of their specific field(s).

NEW: if you are affiliated with the UVA School of Medicine, the Library can generate a report with Times Cited, Impact Factor, Journal Category and Journal Rank data for SOM faculty publication lists. This saves a great deal of time on this process. To get help, Ask Us to consult with a librarian, or email hsl-rdas@virginia.edu.

Step by Step

  1. Stop! 

    Are you looking for both Times Cited and Impact Factors? See our guide on Finding Times Cited, Impact Factors, Journal Category and Rank.
  2. To find Impact Factors:

  3. On the Library's Home page, click on the Journal Citations Report link under Top Resources.

  4. Click on Browse by Journal.

  5. On the left, under "Go to Journal Profile", type the name of your journal. Select it from the list that appears.

  6. You will be taken to the Journal Profile for that journal. Under Current Year, you can see the current impact factor:
    screenshot of journal impact factor location on top of screen
     

  7. To view the Categories and Rank, click on All years:
    screenshot of All Years menu location at top of screen
     
  8. Scroll past the Key Indicators table and click on Rank from the lower left menu:
    screenshot of Rank menu location on left of screen
  9. A table called JCR Impact Factor will appear, with the Rank for each Category the journal is in (see below).
    IMPORTANT: you may have to scroll right to see all the categories. 

    screenshot of multiple category locations on Impact factor table

Help

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