How to find Impact Factors for Peer-Reviewed Articles


Cited reference searching links older publications with articles that cite (make reference to) the older publications.  Cited reference searching is a way of finding out who is working in a specific reference area and what they are saying about past research.  By linking an earlier work with a more recent work, cited reference searching lets us trace through time how the earlier work was used by other scholars. 

Search Tips

Databases vary in how they treat cited references, so read the help screens. Here are some general guidelines.

1.  Try variant forms of the author's name, such as first name spelled out, with and without middle initial, with initial for first name, first name spelled out, etc.

 2. If the first author's name is a common name and there is a co-author, try combining the first author's name with or more of the co-authors' surnames, preferably ones that are not common.

 3. If the author's last name is common,try combining the author's name with the name of the publication. Try variations of the publication name, e.g. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, J. Poly. Appl.  Sci.,  J. Polym. Appl.  Sci.,  etc.

4.  When you have a choice or searching in the full text on the references field, search in the references field.   

5.  Consider limiting by time period; it doesn't make sense to search for citing references  in a time period before the original article was written.

6. Sign up for alerts in relevant databases.


Searching for Journal Impact Factors is a subject dependent undertaking. The box below lists UML databases by subject area. For additional databases, go to

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