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How to find impact factors

The impact factor of a journal is the average number of times that papers published in that journal have been cited during a specific period. The higher the impact factor the more prestigious the journal is considered to be. The impact factor is computed by dividing the number of citations received in a specific year by the number of articles published in the two preceding years. This number only acquires meaning if it is compared to the impact factors of other journals in the same discipline.

Exact and social sciences

The impact factors of journals from the exact and social sciences can be found in the database Web of Science > Additional resources > Journal Citation Reports.

Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking

In the field of law and jurisprudence there is the freely accessible website Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking. The impact factors of law journals can be found here.

Alternative indicators

Apart from the impact factor there are other ways to indicate the reputation/value of an academic journal.

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR indicator) is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from. More information.


is the average number of article citations that are published in articles in a specific journal in the past 5 years. The Eigenfactor takes the importance of the citing journals into account. This indicator can be found on a seperate website and in the Journal Citation Reports.