Journal Rankings in Business & Economics

Frequently Asked Questions

right arrow  How do I find top journals in my field?

Journal rankings are based on bibliometrics, a set of quantitative methods (1) to measure patterns of scientific publication and citation and (2) to assess the impact of research on the basis of citation activity.  A list of top journals will differ, depending on citation tools, metrics chosen for analysis, and how broadly a field is defined, for example human resource management vs. management in general. Journal rankings may change from year to year.

Bibliometric Tools for Journal Rankings

  Where do I find a journal impact factor or other journal metrics?

The Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is a proprietary metric by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), used as a proxy for the importance of a journal to its field. To have a Journal Impact Factor, a journal has to be included in the Web of Science Master Journal List.

Explore JIF and additional journal metrics and bibliometric tools by using the left menu.

Metric: Citation Data Source: Find in:
Journal Impact Factor Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics, formerlyThomson Reuters) Journal Citation Reports (InCites JCR)
Eigenfactor Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters)

InCites JCR

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) Scopus (Elsevier)

Scopus (no UTSA subscription)

Journal Metrics (free tool)

SCImago (free tool)



Google Scholar Google Scholar

You should not rely on these citation data-driven metrics exclusively in your journal evaluations. Citation data are not meant to replace informed peer review. Citation rates may be influenced by many factors, such as types of articles included, subject area, language, country of publication, publication frequency, and more.


  Why is Journal X not in Web of Science?

Web of Science includes a limited list of selected journals. Please contact Clarivate Analytics to submit your journal of interest for their consideration.

  What is Cabell's ranking for Journal X?

Since 2014, Cabell's Directory provides new metrics which may be used for journal rankings:

  • Cabell's Classification Index to determine the influence of a journal
  • Cabell's Difficulty of Acceptance Index

  Where can I find Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)?

The Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Science Citation Index (SCI) were created and developed by Dr. Eugene Garfield, a founder of the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI). In 1975, Journal Citation Reports (JCR) was created as the tool for rankings, categorizing, and comparing journals in the SCI and SSCI. ISI was eventually acquired by Thomson Scientific and became a part of the Intellectual Property & Science Division of Thomson Reuters. In 2016, Thomson Reuters IP division was acquired by Clarivate Analytics.

JCR is available through the Web of Science database. In 2016, JCR was renamed InCites JCR to reflect closer integration with InCites, an evaluation tool for institutional productivity analysis and benchmarking.  The new InCites JCR supports searching SSCI and SCI journals together.

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