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Writing 101 (Wilson, Spring 2024): Finding the best, or top, psychology journals

Measuring the Importance of Journals and Articles

The Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a given period of time.  It is one way scholars measure  the relative importance of a journal within its field.

Traditional Impact Factor Formula

Find Key Scholars

Finding highly cited authors can lead you to highly cited journals and articles.

Ulrichs Global Serials Directory

Not sure if an article is scholarly or popular?  Ulrichs has detailed information on more than 300,000 publications.  Enter journal/magazine title in the search box and find your publication.  Then, look for Academic/Scholarly in the Content Type field.

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