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Evaluating Quality of Publications and Conferences

Evaluating journals, books, and conferences and avoiding deceptive or predatory publishers

Journal Ranking Guides and Sources

Various sources offer journal ranking.  Deceptive journals sometimes illegitimately claim to have a journal ranking or "impact factor."  Below are sources that explain journal ranking for those who would like to understand it further or to check on a particular journal's claims about itself.  

Journal Rankings- This guide created by former Hunter Librarian Mason Brown is intended for science students; however, most of the sources covered are relevant to wider subject areas.

University of Toronto Journal Impact guide offers additional interpretations of similar sources.  This guide includes links to two subscription sources from University of Toronto.  You can access Journal Citation Reports here through Hunter. Hunter does not have a subscription to Scopus, although you may use your Hunter OneCard to visit the CUNY Graduate Center Library, John Jay, or another CUNY library that has a subscription, and use Scopus while you are on that campus.  

John Jay's Journal Ranking resource offers additional explanations of the advantages and disadvantages of various journal ranking sources.

York College Journal Rankings and Measures includes extensive discussion of disadvantages of quantitative measures, as well as some sources for journal ranking not included in the guides above.

The following sources provide ranking of journals on topics or locations that may appear less often in guides to this topic, particularly U.S. based guides:

ERIH (The European Reference Index for the Humanities) 

Law Journal Submission Policies and Ranking

SENSE (The Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment) in the Netherlands 

Altmetrics, Qualitative versus Quantitative Measures and Caveats of Bibliometrics