How to find Impact Factors for Peer-Reviewed Articles

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For Education, Business, MIS & Psychology Journals

For Journals specializing in the subject areas of Education, Business, Management Information Systems and Psychology, find Impact Factors using Cabell's Scholarly Analytics.

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  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.



Be wary of journals that cite bogus or fake impact factors, such as the GIF ( Global Impact Factor), Citefactor, or the UIF (Universal Impact Factor).


Additional Resources

Google Scholar Metrics

Eigenfactor is a free & searchable database that covers the natural and social sciences and "also lists newsprint, PhD theses, popular magazines and more." The Eigenfactor is now included in the ISI product, Journal Citation Reports

The website includes an interactive mapping function that shows the relationship of branches of science to each other based on the size of the field and the citations generated by the journals of the field. Rather than the "soft" categories used in Journal Citation Reports, where a journal may be located in one or more categories, Eigenfactor uses a hard category where a journal can only fit in one discipline.

The website include several quick top ten lists in science, social science, university theses, newspapers, and magazines.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank

A free source that uses data from Elsevier's Scopus database and includes journal indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database from 1996.  It does not include journal impact factors but does have a number of other indicators, including SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and h-index, cites per document, etc.  Journals may be ranked by very broad subject areas, more specific subject categories, SJR, h-index, etc.

Access to Web of Science & Scopus

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.

Using you UML credentials you have access to the following:

Boston College – 1956 on
Boston University – 1973 on
Brandeis – 1956 on
MIT - 1973 on
Tufts- 1900 on
UMass Amherst – 1956 on
UMass Boston – Healey Library – dates not listed
Wellesley College – 1973 on
Williams College – 1998 on

To use Boston Library Consortium libraries you need a BLC card from our Access Services Department. See information on BLC below.

BLC Cards

Boston Library Consortium Cards

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The following are the participating libraries in the BLC Consortium Card Program. Please click the name of the library for more information.

Boston College
Boston University

Brandeis University

Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Northeastern University

State Library of Massachusetts

Tufts University

University of Connecticut

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of New Hampshire

University of Rhode Island

Wellesley College

Williams College