Skip to Main Content

Bibliometrics and Altmetrics: Measuring the Impact of Knowledge

This guide includes information on which of the databases contain citation measures that can be used to gage either an author, article or journal impact.

A Humorous Overview of Impact Factors

Is this joking video an entirely accurate portrayal of impact factors? No. It is, however, representative of the frustration that academic publishing often entails. Choosing (or having to) publish a paper in a journal with a low impact factor is not always indicative of the quality of either, but it may feel that way - and be treated that way.

Now Seriously... How to Find Impact Factors?

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to find journals' impact factors. Access the Web of Science database from UMD Libraries' Database Finder.

What is Web of Science?

Web of Science is a database maintained and owned by Thomson Reuters, most famous for providing journals with an Impact Factor (or IF) as part of its Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

Overview of Metrics Theory

       The idea of the impact factor was first introduced by Eugene Garfield in 1955. He is an American scientist, one of the founders of bibliometrics and scientometrics.

His book Citation indexing - its theory and application in science, technology, and humanities (1979) is available in UM Libraries collections.