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Research Metrics

This guide will help you understand research metrics about authors, articles/books, and journals.


The SJR is a measure of journal prestige developed using Google PageRank. This metric accounts for the network of citation relationships between journals, assuming that journals with higher prestige will be cited more by other high prestige journals. In the calculation, each incoming citation is weighted based on the SJR of the citing journal. A citation from a high-SJR source counts for more than a citation from a low-SJR source.

SJR is available both from Scopus and Scimago Journal & Country Rank, though the SJR is the same because it is calculated from Scopus data. Scimago includes grouping by geographic region and includes additional journal data, including trends. 

Journal Metrics in Scopus

1. Open Scopus and select Sources from the top menu. 

2. Search for the journal title and open the record.

3. Select the journal title from the results list to see the complete source information. A quick view of metrics, including the SJR, is available on the right.


SJR in Scimago

1. Open Scimago Journal & Country Rank.

2. Search for the journal title and open the record.

3. SJR and other data is available below.

  • Quartiles are color coded:
    • Q1: green
    • Q2: yellow
    • Q3: orange
    • Q4: red 

  • SJR is graphed by default, but change the display to see a table with specific SJRs listed