Evaluating Research – Some Interesting Perspectives

A couple of short articles published recently in Research Professional  give an indicator on the  different ways that research impact is being measured.

Beyond the CV: letting academics tell their own stories  by Mike Thelwall describes a project that goes beyond a list of research publications to better evaluate research work and its impact.  The Acumen Portfolio is an EU funded project that allows researchers to compile details about their expertise, outputs and impacts above and beyond the h-index.

The second article, Old metrics or altmetrics? by Jonathan Adams, looks at the rise of alternatives to the traditional citation tools.

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If you are interested in finding out more about ‘altmetrics’, please see our Library guide on research and impact for more information.

New Edition of Journal Quality Listing for Business

Picture of business journal coversA new 49th edition of the Journal Quality List (JQL) has recently been published (8th June 2013). The JQL is an international venture which is compiled and edited by Prof. Anne-Wil Harzing. The list is a collation of journal rankings from a variety of sources including: the Association of Business Schools, Aston University, British Journal of Management, Cranfield University School of Management and the Financial Times. Some sources are more current than others.

The JQL is published primarily to assist business and management academics to target their research papers at journals of an appropriate standard and is available in three arrangements: by journal title, by subject area and by ISSN. The subject coverage includes: business history, communication, economics, entrepreneurship, finance & accounting, general & strategy, international business, innovation, marketing, psychology, public sector management, sociology and tourism.

The current version of the JQL contains 23 different rankings of 940 business journals. The Association of Business Schools (ABS) continues to maintain its own well respected Journal Quality Guide which was last revised in 2010 (Version 4).

New Titles Indexed in Scopus

The Scopus title list has been updated. More than 700 new titles have been added since the last update of the Scopus title list in April this year. This brings the total number of active titles in Scopus to almost 20,500. Scopus has broad coverage in all subject areas with 33% of its titles in Health Sciences, 30% in Physical Sciences, 22% in Social Sciences and 15% in Life Sciences.

In addition, in order to more accurately measure the impact of journal included in Scopus, SNIP and SJR journal metrics have been updated. This new release offers an up-to-date overview of journal performance in terms of citations and ranking. Both SNIP and SJR metrics have been modified and the values for the years 1999-2011 (2011 full year included) have been updated.

More on the SNIP and SJR modifications can be found here: http://www.journalmetrics.com/about-journal-metrics.php

Databases: some online tutorials

CSA Illumina databases video tutorials and guides, British Standards Online video tutorialsEngineering Village training presentation videos,     IEEExplore online training tutorial  Browsing IEEExplore standards, IEEExplore self paced tutorialsUU Medline video guide,  Proquest database tutorials, Refworks: tutorial basics, Refworks: advanced searching, Refworks: Ref Share tutorial, Refworks: output style tutorial, Safari Books Online, ScienceDirect tutorialsSpringer’s online archiveWeb of Knowledge video tutorials (includes Researcher ID, Promoting your research with Researcher ID, Search tips for Web of Science, All databases search and Journal citation reports) and Wiley online self paced tutorials.

ARC Ranked Journal list

The Australian Research Council Ranked Journal list,  developed as part of the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Initiative, contains over 20,000 journal titles.   Each journal has a single quality rating (or is not ranked if it commenced publication in 2008) and is assigned to one or more disciplines.

The list is currently being reviewed in preparation for the 2012 ERA process. The 2012 list is scheduled to be released in September 2011.

If you are interested in journal rankings, including impact factors, you may also find our earlier post on the Journal Citation Reports useful.

Journal Citation Reports


Trying to find out a journal’s impact factor or identify the leading journals in your research area?  

The Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data taken from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals.  You can access the JCR from the library databases list in Portal. 

Watch this short video produced by your Subject Librarians to find out how to use the JCR.