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Journal M3trics

Sat, 28 Jan 2012

I wrote a while back about Researcher ID and the notion of flipping the standard journal performance to look at researcher performance. In that post I listed the two main sources of citation information, namely Web of Knowledge and Scopus. Well I'm used to the former (compiled by Thomson Reuters) through their Citation Database and very useful it is too. I'm far less familiar with the latter with their Journal M3trics. Scopus is compiled by Elsevier, however (unlike Thomson Reuters) they make their metrics data freely available through Journal M3trics and currently this is calculated as the Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): its worth reading the FAQ to see how these metrics perform. They are more complex and are contexualised for subject area and "quality" of citing source. Something metrics like Impact Factor don't do.

This market place is only going to get busier and more competitive. With pressure on institutions and individuals to demonstrate "value" and "worth", how you measure this is important.

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