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Academic Publishing Guide, designed for Drake Faculty and Researchers

Impact and Immediacy Factors

Determining a Journal's Prestige

In considering the prestige of a journal, two common factors are considered:

  1. Impact factor 
  2. Immediacy Index.

In addition, in the sciences, the Eigenfactor may also play a part.

Finding Prestige Stats

  • Science Watch
    This open-web resource uses data from the Thomson Reuters Web of Science to periodically publish journal impact reports for disciplines. 
  • Google Scholar Metrics
    Rankings display include the h5-index and the h5-median for each included publication. To learn more about Google Scholar Metrics and its use of h5-index, go to its explanatory page. To search in Google Scholar Metrics, click here and then type in the journal name on top. You can also browse by category, i.e. Social Sciences, Life Sciences & Earth Sciences, Health & Medical Sciences, etc., once you have found a journal within that category.
  • Scimago Journal Rank
    The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database. These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific (including business and social science) domains. Indicators shows the visibility of the journals contained in the Scopus® database from 1996.


An increasing number of alternative metrics (altmetrics) are available to address the shortcomings of the impact factor and other established metrics.

  • Our colleagues over at the University of Missouri have compiled a listing of the primary aggregators of altmetrics (some are subscription-only, others have free versions.)