It is important to understand how metrics can be used to measure scholarly outputs and report impact to the university. The following three cards look at how you can measure your impact.
Measuring journal impact
Journal metrics are a method used to measure the impact of an academic journal. Journal rankings and metrics can be used to inform your publishing strategy, and can also help authors identify predatory publishers.
It is important to be aware that journal metrics can not measure the quality or impact of an individual research article. Griffith University does not use this metric as an indicator of quality or impact for reporting purposes.
Most journal metrics are based on the number of citations the journal has received but each metric measures different elements of journal impact and provide different information.
Metrics like the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), journal h-index and Journal Impact Factor can be used to compare journals within a discipline. These metrics use different approaches to calculate the average citations an article in each journal received.
When using most metrics it is important to compare within a discipline as different citation patterns in different research areas make it difficult to compare journals between discipline areas using one metric.
There are many other factors which are important to consider when comparing journals, beyond citations. Some metrics (e.g. Eigenfactor score, SNIP, SJR) are normalised or weighted to account for differences between disciplines. These metrics make it easier to compare journals between disciplines, but additional elements like the number of articles each journal publishes will also need to be considered when using these scores.