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President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative: Publication Resources

About Ulrichsweb

Ulrichsweb is a database of information about journals. It does not contain any full text, but instead provides information about availablity, subjects, contacts, and indexing.

It is particularly useful for faculty who are looking for journals to submit to, or if they would like to see where a particular journal is indexed.

Journal Ranking

One of the ways you can determine the top journals in your field, or the ranking of a particular journal is by using Eigenfactor.org, please scroll down this page for more information on eigenfactor.

This is an alternative to the subscription based Journal Citation Reports.

Scopus can also be used to rank journals using the Analytics tool, but this is a not a true reflection because it only covers journals from 1996-present and only journals in Scopus.

Narrowing your results

You can narrow your results, just like in any of our article databases.

Understanding Eigenfactor

From Eigenfactor's FAQ:

1. How do I interpret a journal's Eigenfactor™ score? A journal's Eigenfactor score is our measure of the journal's total importance to the scientific community. With all else equal, a journal's Eigenfactor score doubles when it doubles in size. Thus a very large journal such as the Journal of Biological Chemistry which publishes more than 6,000 articles annually, will have extremely high Eigenfactor scores simply based upon its size. Eigenfactor scores are scaled so that the sum of the Eigenfactor scores of all journals listed in Thomson's Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is 100. In 2006, the journal Nature has the highest Eigenfactor score, with a score of 1.992. The top thousand journals, as ranked by Eigenfactor score, all have Eigenfactor scores above 0.01.

2. How do I interpret a journal's Article Influence™ score? A journal's Article Influence score is a measure of the average influence of each of its articles over the first five years after publication. Article Influence score measures the average influence, per article, of the papers in a journal. As such, it is comparable to Thomson Scientific's widely-used Impact Factor. Article Influence scores are normalized so that the mean article in the entire Thomson Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database has an article influence of 1.00. In 2006, the top journal by Article Influence score is Annual Reviews of Immunology, with an article influence of 27.454. This means that the average article in that journal has twenty seven times the influence of the mean journal in the JCR.

3. Do Eigenfactor™ scores and Article Influence™ scores take journal subscription prices into account? We do not use journal subscription prices when computing the Eigenfactor and Article Influence scores. However, we do display journal price information on the journal details pages, and our cost effectiveness search ranks journals according to the value-per-dollar that they provide.

Using Ulrichsweb

Using Ulrichsweb is fairly easy, provided you are on the VPN from off-campus. You can either access it through our A-Z journal list or directly from ulrichsweb.com

A simple search is excellent if you know the journal you'd like and would like more information. To see if the library subscribes to the journal, click the find full text link on the right side.

Advanced Ulrichsweb

If you are searching for a journal to publish in, the advanced search feature is phenomenal.

Using Eigenfactor for Journal Rankings

Eigenfactor.org can be searched by journal title, ISSN, or discipline.

Here is an example using the journal American Biology Teacher.

Eigenfactor Mapping

Subjects can also be viewed in an interactive map. This example shows related fields in the map and top journals on the side.