What Are Predatory Journals?

Finding Journal Rankings

You can Search for journal rankings in large, subject specific databases. UML subscribes to many of these, but Web of Science and Scopus, which UML does not subscribe to, have very well regarded journal rankings in the sciences.  UML faculty can have access to these databases through other Universities affiliated under the Boston Library Consortium.

To get a Boston Library Consortium card go to the circulation desk at either O'Leary or Lydon Libraries.

Scopus

The UML Libraries have collaborative agreements with other libraries. This means that you can walk in and use the resources at any public college’s library or any Boston Library Consortium (BLC) library.  To use BLC libraries you need a BLC card from our Access Services Department – info here: Boston_Library_Consortium

According to their websites, these libraries have Scopus. Call first to be sure they still have access and that you may use it as a member of the UML community and/or the BLC.

Institution Scopus Scopus Years if any
Boston College yes 1996-present
Boston University no N/A
Brandeis University no N/A
Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution no N/A
Northeastern University no N/A
State Library of Massachusetts no N/A
Tufts University yes not listed
University of Connecticut yes 1996-present (with references), 1823-present (without references)
University of Massachusetts Amherst no N/A
University of Massachusetts Boston no N/A
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth no N/A
University of Massachusetts Lowell no N/A
University of New Hampshire no N/A
University of Rhode Island yes not listed
Wellesley College no N/A
Williams College no N/A

If none of these libraries are close enough to you, you might want to check this list of Massachusetts’ University & College Libraries to see if there’s a library closer to you.  Call first to confirm that they have Scopus and that you may use it as a member of the UML community and/or the BLC.: http://www.publiclibraries.com/university_massachusetts.htm

Updated August 2017 (Thanks to Reference Donna Mullin for compiling this information.)

Journal Ranking Sites

Starting with Google Scholar

Search journal title; i.e. Management and Administrative Sciences Review

  • Look for full-text links
  • Look for times cited
  • Compare with a well-know title such as the Academy of Management Review
  • Sample

Testing with EDS

EBSCO Discovery Service

  • Search EDS for the journal title; i.e. Management and Administrative Sciences Review
    Use the ARTICLE QUICK SEARCH box on the above link.

Testing with Scimago

  • Search Scimago for journal rankings
  • Look for groups of journals

Testing with Eigenfactor

  • Search the Eigenfactor ranking
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  •  Eigenfactor meaures the number of times articles from the journal published in the previous five years have been cited. Citations in a journal to other articles in the same same journal are not included , so that Eigenfactor is not influenced by journal self-citation. 

Testing with Cabells

Additional Sites for Evaluating Journals

  • Search Academia.edu for the journal title; i.e. Management and Administrative Sciences Review
  • Search Researchgate.com as well.

 

Web of Science

The UML Libraries have collaborative agreements with other libraries. This means that you can walk in and use the resources at any public college’s library or any Boston Library Consortium (BLC) library.  To use BLC libraries you need a BLC card from our Access Services Department – info here: Boston_Library_Consortium

According to their websites, these libraries have ISI – Web of Science (WOS) aka Web of Knowledge aka Social Citation Index. Call first to be sure they still have access and that you may use it as a member of the UML community and/or the BLC.

Institution WOS WOS years if any
Boston College yes   1900-present
Boston University yes   1965-present
Brandeis University yes   1945-present
Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution yes   1954-present
Northeastern University yes   1975-present
State Library of Massachusetts no N/A
Tufts University yes   not listed (previously listed as: 1900 on)
University of Connecticut no N/A
University of Massachusetts Amherst yes   1900-present
University of Massachusetts Boston yes   Over 100 years 
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth yes   1999-present
University of Massachusetts Lowell no N/A
University of New Hampshire yes   1864-present(abstracts only)
University of Rhode Island yes   1965-present
Wellesley College yes   1899-present
Williams College yes   1900-present

If none of these libraries are close enough to you, you might want to check this list of Massachusetts’ University & College Libraries to see if there’s a library closer to you.  Call first to confirm that they have Web of Science and that you may use it as a member of the UML community and/or the BLC.: http://www.publiclibraries.com/university_massachusetts.htm

Updated August 2017 (Thanks to Reference Donna Mullin for compiling this information.)