What is an Impact Factor?
The Impact Factor of a given peer-reviewed article is a number which represents the prestige and influence of the journal where the article appears and the number of other researchers and change-leaders in that field who are influenced by the article. There are various sources for these Impact Factor numbers, and they change over time.
How to Find Impact Factors
Faculty members may approach the library with questions similar to this one:
As you know I am going up for promotion this year and trying to track down journal impact factors.
I was sent to scimagojr.com which had a couple of the journals I needed, but I have others I can’t find information on. Their websites haven’t been that helpful…or I am totally unable to figure them out.
E-Learning and Digital Media (Sage)
International Review of Qualitative Research (University of CA, Riverside—JSTOR)
International Journal of Education and the Arts (was AERA)
Forum: Qualitative Social Research (Creative Commons License—think it is independent—published from Germany)
I would appreciate any help you could give me coming up with some kind of data about the impact factor.
A fist step to find the impact factor of a journal is to Google the title of the journal where an article appears. You can also use the websites below, or note the number of citations listed by title retrieved by Google Scholar.
Though the library does not subscribe to Web of Science, for the purpose of determining Journal Impact Factors it is possible to use other libraries which have subscriptions to Web of Science.
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►UMass Boston – Healey Library – dates not listed
►Wellesley College – 1973 on
►Williams College – 1998 on
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