Evaluating the impact of scientific output can be very useful in your career as a researcher, for instance when looking for top publications in a subject area, deciding where to publish, for grant applications, and new collaborations. Research metrics provide one possible way of evaluating research impact.
It is important to make responsible and critical use of research metrics. Data needs to be gathered from various sources, and metrics related to different types of research output such as papers, posters, software, data can help to build a more accurate picture.
The Journal Citation Report ranks sets of journals in science and social science by measuring the frequency of citation of their articles. JCR allows you to “evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries". It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences.
Journal Citation Reports can show you the:
- Most frequently cited journals in a field
- Highest impact journals in a field
- Largest journals in a field