Journal metrics use citation data to rank and compare scholarly journals. Citation analyses are based on the premise that number of citations is an indication of the importance of a journal.
The status of a journal is commonly determined by two factors:
1. Popularity (e.g. number of citations a journal receives)
2. Prestige (e.g. sources of a journal’s citations)
The journal impact factor (JIF) is a statistical measure used to rank and evaluate journals and calculated by Thomson Reuters Web of Science database. Journal impact factors can be useful in deciding where to publish to improve the impact of you research output. Find out more about the journal impact factor score and journal citation reports (JCR) here.