Impact Factor & Journals
The Impact Factor is a citation metric used to evaluate journals. It calculates the average number of times articles from a particular journal have been cited during a certain length of time: the higher the number, the higher the quality and prestige of the journal. The impact factor is useful when evaluating journals within the same discipline. However, it is important to note that not all journals have impact factors and the importance of it will vary between disciplines.
For the Arts and Humanities subjects there is not a definitive list, so aiming to publish your research in a high impact journal can be difficult. However, there is a guide on how to check the impact factor of journals through the UCL Library webpages for different subject areas.
Alternatively, SJR Scimago Journal & Country Rank and Google Scholar Rankings provide lists that you can filter by subject, though it is not clear whether these lists are comprehensive for the arts and humanities areas.
Before publishing use Think Check Submit to be smart about finding the right publisher for your research.
Bibliometrics & Altmetrics
Bibliometrics measures bibliographic data, focussing on the number of times research outputs have been cited. This is often measured in conjunction with other information including funding received and peer review of the research output. For a help tutorial on bibliometrics visit the Measuring your Research Impact tutorial created by a group of Irish academic libraries.
Altmetrics measures the number of times research outputs are shared, downloaded or talked about via social media, blogs and websites. Altmetric.com can help you to track your research on various online platforms.
The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment recognises the need to improve the ways in which scholarly outputs are evaluated, across all disciplines, and the use of metrics in assessing research: .
To view your research downloads from FURR, visit the FURR Statistics Report page.