A couple of graduate students in EE came to the Engineering Library today to ask how to find journal impact factors — a method of ranking a journal’s influence based on the number of citations it has received in other papers. It was developed by Eugene Garfield in the 1960’s who also founded the Institute for Scientific Information and Science Citation Index.
Here are the steps for using JCR (Journal Citation Reports): You can link from the “Articles and Databases” button on the Library’s homepage. Under letter “j”, click on JCR Web. The online portion covers from 1999 through 2005 currently. Choose the Sciences — or the Social Sciences. Then you may then [submit] a search for a selected subject area, or choose a specific journal title. If you choose a subject area, you may sort alphabetically by title, or by impact factor, total cites, immediacy index or cited half-life. There are graphs and many tables of bibliometric data available for the specific titles.
You can get graphic analyses from the [Citation Report] button that appears at the right, after you run any general search in Web of Science.