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Research support: Journal impact measures

Services and resources provided by the Library to help at all stages of the research cycle.

ERA Lists

Excellence in Research for Australia

The University performed very well in the ERA 2015 exercise.

You can find more information about ERA at the University's ERA webpage and the Australian Research Council's ERA website.

Journal Impact Factor

The journal impact factor is a statistical measure used to rank and evaluate journals.

The journal impact factor is calculated by Thomson Reuters for more than 11,700 journals contained in the Web of Science database.

  • JIF Journal Impact Factor - the average number of times articles from the journal published in the last two years have been cited in the current year
  • Eigenfactor Metrics including Article Influence Score

The information is found in Web of Science article records, and in the related InCites Journal Citation Reports database.

Scopus journal metrics

Scopus has introduced the CiteScore ranking, which uses a three-year window to calculate the score. 

CiteScore 2016 counts the citations received in 2016 to documents published in 2013, 2014 or 2015, and divides this by the number of documents published in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Scopus journal metrics are calculated using the Scopus database which covers more than 24,000 journals.

  • SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) - measures the scientific prestige of a scholarly source by assigning a relative score based on a citation network
  • SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) - measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field
  • IPP (Impact Per Publication) is the average number of citations received in a particular year by papers published in the journal during the three preceding years.

More information on Scopus Journal Metrics is at

Scopus Journal Analyzer

You can use Journal Analyzer to compare up to 10 Scopus sources on a variety of parameters.