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Journal metrics

Researchers generate new knowledge and the more effective the dissemination of this knowledge, the greater the likelihood that this research delivers impact. To drive the greater dissemination of knowledge, USQ researchers are encouraged to publish in quality and high quality journals in their respective discipline. Furthermore, publishing in such journals also drives excellence ratings (such as ERA) and international rankings.

SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper)

SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper) measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. SNIP can be found using Scopus Journal Analyzer.

It is difficult to judge journal quality using SNIP values alone, as citation potential is shown to vary not only between subject categories or disciplines but also between different "types" of journals within the same subject category. E.g. basic journals vs. applied/clinical journals

SJR (SCImago Journal Ranking)

SCImago Journal Ranking (SJR) Journal Search (quartile assessment) gives the quartile of a journal within a subject area and even within sub-categories. This is why it can be a useful tool to judge journal quality.

SJR - Scientific Journal Ranking calculates the prestige of a journal based on which journals have cited from it, and which journals it cites (and how many times this occurs) "…based on the transfer of prestige from a journal to another one; such prestige is transferred through the references that a journal do to the rest of the journals and to itself." (Scimago). The measure is based on information found in the Scopus database.

SJR can be found using Scopus Journal Analyzer, or going directly to the SCImago journal ranking webpage.

Discipline-Specific Recommended Publications

Areas of research in Arts & Communication, Education, Business, Information Systems, and Law can be requested by emailing researchlibrarian@usq.edu.au

USQs research publication strategy

To maximise your research efforts, USQ strongly encourage you to publish in quality and high quality journals described below.

A quality journal is determined by:

  • A Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) of 1 or greater; or
  • Inclusion in the top 50% of Australian Council of Deans’ journal ranking lists; or
  • Inclusion in a discipline-specific list of aspirational journals and other high prestige outputs.

A high quality journal is determined by:

  • A SNIP of 2 or greater; or
  • Inclusion in the first quartile (top 25%) of journals in a discipline, ranked by impact factor; or
  • Inclusion in the first quartile (top 25%) of Australian Council of Deans' journal ranking lists; or
  • Inclusion in a discipline-specific list of aspirational journals and other high prestige outputs.

Note: These definitions of quality and high quality journals align with the Academic Division's Academic Workload Allocation Model (ADAWAM).

Remember that if you have any questions about journal quality or journal metrics, please speak to your librarian.