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Journal Metrics and Impact

There are several  methods of calculating the quality of scientific research and the the relative importance of a journal to literature and research. Informed and careful use of impact measures is essential, and the following must be kept in mind:

  • The number of times a paper is cited is not a measure of its actual quality.
  • Certain disciplines have low numbers of journals and usage. It's best to compare journals within the same discipline.
  • Some tools that measure the impact data do not incorporate books.
  • Review articles are cited more often and can change results.
  • Self-citing may skew results.

For more information on journal and author metrics, please see our research guide:


Common Journal Metrics in Mathematics