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Scholarship, Research Impact, and Promotion or Tenure: Book and Journal Rankings

Book or Book chapter Citation Counts

Book Reviews

  • EbscoHost Databases - at the Advanced Search screen, enter Author's name, scroll down to Document Type and select Book review.
  • ProQuest Databases - at the Advanced Search screen, enter Authors' name, scroll down to Document Type, and select Review.

Google Scholar - click on the "cited by" link

WorldCat - search to see how many libraries have a copy of your book.

Journal Impact Factor

The Impact Factors of a journal "give the average number of citations to articles in a particular journal; essentially, the average number of times that articles in a journal are referenced by other articles.


e.g. 2015 journal impact factor = number of citations in 2015 to articles published in 2014 and 2013 in Journal X / number of articles published in 2014 and 2013 in Journal X

Journal Rankings

The following resources are freely available for researchers to evaluate the impact of a particular journal in a field of study.


SCImago Journal Rankings

Freely-accessible resource that uses SCOPUS data to rank the impact of scholarly journals.

Freely-accessible resource that uses ISI Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports (JCR) data to rank scholarly journal impact. 


Microsoft Academic Field Rank

Freely-accessible resource that uses Microsoft Academic data to rank journal impact by field of study. Select a subject on the left side, and then click "See More" in the middle to get a detailed list.


Google Scholar Metrics

Freely-accessible resource that uses Google Scholar data to rank scholarly journal impact. Select "Categories" on the left side to pick a subject area. 


In addition to these resources, journals often list their own impact factors and rankings. For example, check the header to Ecology Letters to find its impact factor and subject ranking in Wiley Online Library. 

Library Databases "Cited By" Directions

EBSCOhost Databases - click on the  Cited References box link which is located in the blue bar running across the top of the database screen.


ProQuest Databases - click on Advanced Search. On the next screen select Author - AU which will bring up Look up Authors. Click on Look up Authors and enter the Last name, first Initials. Click FIND. Select your author from the list. Click Add to Search. Click Search. Look for the number to the right of the Cited By box.


Publishing Resources

The following resources are available to assist researchers in picking the right journal for their work and making this work as visible as possible in the field:



Directory of Open Access Journals: Subject List

Publishing in an open-access journal allows your work to be discovered by more researchers. DOAJ has a comprehensive list of open access journals by subject. 


Journal Guide

Helps researchers evaluate scholarly journals that fit their research.


Journal Reviewer

Independent site that gives information from users on their experience with the review process of academic journals.



Vtext: Scholarly Texts and Research at Valdosta State University

Vtext is Valdosta State University's official digital repository, offering long-term preservation and open access options for your scholarly work. Vtext is part of the GALILEO Knowledge Repository project.


Submit your scholarly work to Vtext here.

Author Rights

Journals have different policies about what you can do with your article once it's published. To check what rights you have as an author in a particular scholarly journal, check SHERPA/RoMEO