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Where Should I Publish My Article?

Linda Neyer and Katie Yelinek, two Bloomsburg University faculty librarians, present ideas and strategies in a TALE Spring 2017 Seminar, on April 12th.

Where to find journal & publisher information

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How to measure your research impact 

The following 'free' resources may help you in determining the impact of your research:

Terms defined

  • Bibliometrics is the "quantitative analysis of research literature, based upon citations, and can be used to evaluate the impact on the academic community of a research paper, an individual researcher, a research group or institution, or a journal." (Leeds Univ Library)
  • Citation analysis examines the frequency, patterns, and graphs of citations in articles and books, using citations in scholarly works to establish links to other works or other researchers. Identifying the number of times an article is cited by others is considered the "impact factor" for that article. Impact factor may also be expressed as the H-index.
  • Journal Impact factors apply to journals, not to individual articles.  According to Journal Citation Reports"The journal Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year," although other time spans can be calculated.
  • Altmetrics (alternative metrics) are non-traditional metrics proposed as an alternative to the more traditional citation impact metrics, such as impact factor and h-index. They may include the number of a times an article is shared, downloaded, or mentioned on social media.

Consider this

  San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment  

"There is a pressing need to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies, academic institutions, and other parties... The Journal Impact Factor is frequently used as the primary parameter with which to compare the scientific output of individuals and institutions. The Journal Impact Factor, as calculated by Thomson Reuters, was originally created as a tool to help librarians identify journals to purchase, not as a measure of the scientific quality of research in an article. With that in mind, it is critical to understand that the Journal Impact Factor has a number of well-documented deficiencies as a tool for research assessment." 

To read the full statement and signatories to a set of recommendations, referred to as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, go here.

Acknowledgments

Adapted with permission from Analyzing Scholarly Research, by Aline Soules, University Libraries, California State University East Bay.


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