What does a researcher need to know about journal performance when choosing where to publish?

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Most often, after a researcher has finished writing an article, they are at the stage of searching for a journal for its publication. Various factors influence the choice of the journal. Today we shall discuss journal metrics.

What does a researcher need to know about journal performance when choosing where to publish? 

Thanks to scientific databases, a researcher can search, compare, and evaluate journals, view the most “productive” journals in their respective subject areas. Choosing a journal that is indexed in a particular scientometric platform, a researcher needs to investigate the indicators of this platform.

Journal metrics help demonstrate the level of citation of a publication, the relevance of its content, and develop a strategy for its improvement. After all, each journal is interested exclusively in high-quality research that will be of interest to the academia.

The most authoritative resources, where one can view the ranking of journals, include Scopus and Web of Science. Below we consider the most popular metrics of these databases.

Метрики Scopus


At present, it is this metric that is positioned as the most important in Scopus. It was introduced in 2016 by Elsevier as an alternative to the SJR metric. CiteScore helps measure the impact of a publication using a three-year window because it is in 3 years that the platform data can be displayed more accurately. That year, the methodology for calculating this metric was changed. We have discussed this before.


This metric is a rating indicator of the prestige of the journal in the Scopus database. It indicates the average number of weighted citations received during the selected year for an article that was published in this journal over the previous 3 years.

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It is designed to measure the impact of citations by weighting citations based on total citations in the subject area using Scopus data. SNIP only evaluates peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, and digests.

Journal metrics for Web of Science

Impact Factor

The impact factor of a journal is a metric that contributes to the assessment of a journal, the number of citations. The impact factor is calculated by dividing the number of citations of articles for the current year that were published in the last 2 years by the number of papers that were published in the journal during these 2 years.

A researcher seeking to develop their scientific activity, promote research, submits their article to journals with high rates, selects authoritative publications, which in the best way convey their ideas to the scientific international community. This process is not always the easiest and fastest, but it is worth it to get a positive reaction from colleagues in the form of active citations in the future.

If you need to choose a journal for publishing an article, contact our specialists via chat or any form of communication on the website. We will be glad to help you solve your problems and publish your article in a high-quality journal. 

As a reminder, we have recently released an articleHow can Scientific Publications help a researcher? All stages of cooperation.

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