Methods for Ranking Journals


Impact Factors

Google Journal Metrics


European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH)

  • Available from the European Science Foundation
  • International journals are classified into two sub-categories, INT1 and INT2,  based on a combination of two criteria: influence and scope.
  • Explanation of the classification system for journals
  • Includes journals from the following areas: anthropology, art, art history, classical studies, gender studies, history, philosophy of science, linguistics, literature, musicology, pedagogical and educational research, philosophy and psychology with plans to add archaeology and religious studies



  • Ranking based on the number of times a journal has been cited in the last 5 or 10 years
  • Available from Microsoft Academic Search
    • Click on All Fields of Study in the left column.
    • Select a broad discipline such as Biology.
    • Select a sub-discipline if desired.
    • Click on Journals on the top, middle of the page.
    • Click on See more for chart of ranked journals.

Scimago Journal Rank (SJR)

  • SJR explanation
  • Available from SJR
  • Factors considered for SJR journal rankings include:
    • H-Index
    • Total cites per journal
    • Total of published documents per journal
    • Cites per document

Journal Prices

Related Guides


  • JournalRate—ratings by authors who have published in the journals