Find top journals in a research field: a step-by-step guide

This blog is part of our Research Smarter series, dedicated to helping you get familiar with your research field. Download our cheat sheet, which brings together top tips for finding relevant journals, papers, and authors in your field, sign up for our webinar on the same topic or read the related blog posts for each, here.

Finding relevant journals can be a challenging task for researchers both new and experienced. The myriad tools and technologies can be difficult to navigate, and many databases vary in the reliability, relevancy and organization of their data. Beyond that, the rise of open access, preprint repositories and transparent peer review (to name a few) have had a transformative impact on academic journals in recent years, and it is reshaping the way journals are shared, used and valued by scholars across all disciplines.

Web of Science delivers unique journal insight at any given time. The comprehensive and complete citation network provides all the data you need to understand a journal’s value and impact. Web of Science Core Collection titles are all carefully selected for quality, and the tools and features outlined in this guide will help you quickly and accurately assess them for your own research.

 

Journal Citation Reports: Discover quality research journals

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is the most powerful product for journal intelligence. It provides researchers with a definitive list and guide to discover and select the most appropriate journals to read and publish findings. JCR delivers a rich array of publisher-independent data, metrics and analysis throughout tens of thousands of journal profile pages, all of which are powered by the meaningful connections of citations created by the research community. This subscription-based product is the most comprehensive and trusted tool that researchers and organizations use to confidently find and assess journals. Head over to JCR now or watch the video below to learn more.


 

“Journal Citation Reports is the most powerful product for journal intelligence.”

 

Master Journal List: Quickly assess top journals

Master Journal List (MJL) is a free and trusted resource that supports researchers to find and compare reputable journals, books and conference proceedings indexed in Web of Science. While not as comprehensive as Journal Citation Reports, MJL profile pages help researchers assess the quality of individual journals at a glance. Each journal page lists its publication details, Web of Science coverage and journal metrics, as well as open access and peer review characteristics. A range of filters are available to sort and group results, and you can also take advantage of EndNote’s free Manuscript Matcher tool to find the best match for your manuscript. Watch the video below to learn more.


 

“Master Journal List profile pages help researchers assess the quality of individual journals at a glance.”

 

Web of Science: Explore influential and emerging journals

The Analyze Results feature in Web of Science identifies the journals publishing the greatest number of papers on any given topic. It helps you dig deep into your specific subject area and reveals all the influential and emerging journals that can be further analyzed using the products above. The Analyze Results feature can also be used to find trends among the top institutions, funding agencies and authors publishing research. Learn more about Analyze Results here,  in the video below, or visit  the Web of Science search page to try this out today.

 


 

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