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Academic publishing

Tom Gauld: Suggested methods of presenting your findings

Some notes to the connection between reproducibility, scholarly discovery academic business models and such.

Realpolitik of journals

Journal rank and journal impact factor etc. Who gives a shit? Your funders give a shit, against your advice but whatever, they have the money and seem to be intent on making academia even more of a status display than it already would be so whatever.

Latrobe explains it.

Scimago Journal rank is the Google Pagerank-inspired slightly hipper journal ranking. Their search tool is probably what you want. Impact factors come from the 60s and are still around, h-Index is also a thing.

According to Latrobe, we have the following indices and (partial list of) weaknesses.


Hirsch index: The number of articles in a journal [h] that have received at least [h] citations over a citation period.



Journal Impact Factor: Citations to a journal in the JCR year to items published in the previous two years, divided by the total number of citable items (articles and reviews) published in the journal in the previous two years.



SCImago Journal Rank: Average number of weighted citations received in a year, by articles published in a journal in the previous 3 years.

Weaknesses are that it is “complicated” and that the numbers are small.

So I guess if you must do a journal ranking this is the least bad method?

Practical tools

See also academic reading workflow for reader-oriented tips.