March 15, 2004

Journal Impact Factors now available online through ISI Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports logoU of M researchers and authors can now access journal impact factors online! The University Libraries have purchased online access to the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) Journal Citation Reports. Journal Citation Reports (JCR) on the Web provides easy access to data that helps evaluate and compare approximately 8,400 scholarly and technical journals worldwide. The best known ISI statistic is a journal's "impact factor," a measure of how frequently the articles in one particular journal title are cited by other articles (and hence, one measure of the importance of that journal).

The online interface allows searching by specific subject area (for example, anesthesiology; biochemistry and molecular biology; reproductive biology) or by specific title. Search results can be sorted in a number of ways, including alphabetically by journal title or ranked by impact factor.

The Libraries' JCR subscription provides access to citation statistics from the year 2002. Historical information on impact factors and other ISI metrics is available in print in the Bio-Medical Library (located in the library's reference section).

U of M library users can access Journal Citation Reports through the University Libraries' "Indexes" page, or by bookmarking this link: http://www.lib.umn.edu/cgi-bin/jcr.cgi

Posted by biomednews at March 15, 2004 11:04 AM