Education Research: Journal Rankings and Citation Reports
Education Research: Journal Rankings and Citation Reports• Your impact author impact, o Google Scholar citation impact o Publish or Perish o Web of Science• Where to publish o “Best” journals journal impact o How to find them• Along the way o Discussion: How to raise profile of Education journals/research? Or does it matter?
Assessing author/article impact• Why? o Promotion/tenure • How much have I published? Have my articles, etc. been cited? By whom? How often? o Trace your (or someone else’s) research over time o Find out the big names/big ideas• How? o Tools like Google Scholar, Publish or Perish, Web of Science, etc.
Google Scholar• Freely available; easy to use• Generally better coverage of social sciences• Gives the big picture; the general idea• More current• Gives equal rank to everything • Inflated citation counts? or • What’s missing?
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Harzing’s Publish or Perish• Uses Google Scholar data• Software download (http://www.harzing.com/pop.htm#download)• H-index o a scholar with an index of h has published h papers with at least h citations each (Jorge E. Hirsch) o reflects both the number of publications and the number of citations per publication rather than simply total number of citations
Journal Impact• Why? o Where should I publish? o What does it mean that my colleague/student/ new hire published in journal X? o How do I find out more about journal quality?• How? o Journal Citation Reports(WoS) o H-index and other article-level tools o Cabell’s Publishing Directories
Journal Citation Reports• Standard source for journal rankings• Impact factor o average number of citations received per paper published in that journal during the two preceding years• Education is not well-represented• WoS: “…covering less than ten percent of the journals in education” (Corby, 2008)
Does this reflect your view of “the best” journals?• Problems with JCR/Impact factor o Only indexes highest quality, most influential journals o Has roots in sciences (Corby, 2001) o Pure/hard subjects have higher impact factors than soft/applied (Goodyear et al., 2009) o Education is interdisciplinary by nature; education publishing more diverse (Goodyear et al., 2009)
Goodyear et al., 2009• Identified 11 primary journals
Where else?• Journal impact: o Eigenfactor o SCImago Journal and Country Rank o Google Scholar: Metrics• Info about journals: o Directory of Open Access Journals o Ulrichsweb
Where to publish?• Journal impact just one way to assess journal• Other considerations: o Peer-review? (Ulrichsweb) o Publisher/editorial board (well-known?) o Acceptance rates (Cabell’s) o Scope/ good fit o High-visibility: Where is it indexed? (Klingner, 2005) o Open access?
Summary• Many tools available• Relying on just one: inaccurate picture?• Use several tools/strategies to tell more accurate story about a researcher/author• Use several tools/strategies to select journal for publication• Ask your Librarian for help
For more info and help…• Graduate Education Research Guide o http://researchguides.library.brocku.ca/EDUCGraduate• Jennifer Thiessen o firstname.lastname@example.org o Ext. 3573• Open Access Week Oct. 22-26 o Sessions from 12-1 every day (more details on library website)
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