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Sociology Graduate Student Resources: Metrics & Citation Reports

Browse Prominent Journals using Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

JCR can show you the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
    • see the Journal Impact Factor tab for more information
  • Issue table of contents and article links

Search by Category

  1. Go to InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR)  and select Browse by Category .
  2. Click Select Categories at the left. Select the category that best matches your discipline.
  3. Once the center list is populated, click the number in the #journals column to view journal titles. Journal titles are sorted by Impact Factor.

Browse Table of Contents & Issues 

  1. Follow the above steps to locate journals within a category.
  2. Click a title to access the journal profile.
  3. Select the Go to Journal Table of Contents link. 

The Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency in which the "average article" from a particular 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. 

Use InCites Journal Citation Reports (JCR) to locate Journal Impact Factors and JIF quartile rankings. 

Journal Quartile Rankings

Journal quartile rankings are calculated by the JIF of the journal and dividing it by the number journals in that category to find x.  They are then distributed among as follows:

Q1: 0.0 < x ≤ 0.25

Q2: 0.25 < x ≤ 0.5

Q3: 0.5 < x ≤ 0.75

Q4: 0.75 <x

When searching in Web of Science, hover over the journal title in the results list or item record to view the journal's quartile ranking 

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Locate Highly Cited Articles using Web of Science

Web of Science provides the total number of times a published work was cited by other works. The Times Cited view sorts results so that items with the highest numbers of citations are at the top of the results list. 

In addition, Web of Science provides filters to limit results to Highly Cited and Hot Papers. 

Highly Cited Papers are papers that perform in the top 1% based on the number of citations received when compared to other papers published in the same field in the same year.

Hot Papers are papers published in the last two years that are receiving citations quickly after publication. These papers have been cited enough times in the most recent bimonthly period to place them in the top 0.1% when compared to papers in the same field.