Q: How can I find journal citation reports and impact factors?


We have several databases that include information about journal citation reports and impact factors. All the databases can be accessed by clicking the "Find a Database" link on the library homepage. See our "How to Find a Database" FAQ for further assistance.

Journal Citation Reports

Impact factors for journals can be found in Journal Citation Reports. The reports for each publication year come out a couple of years after publication, so the most current years may not be included. Journal Citation Reports also includes other measurements of impact and influence like the Eigenfactor score.

Journal Citation reports can only be accessed on campus.


InCites also offers citation reports and impact factors. You will need to create an account to use InCites. Click the "Register an email address" link below the sign in button and fill out the forms to create your InCites account. You can use your personal or school email address.

After you're logged in to InCites, click on "Journal Citation Reports" at the top of the page. From here, you can select the journal(s) that you would like to receive information about by doing a search for a specific journal or by selecting a category for journals you would like to view information about. Select the journal title to view the Impact Factors for the journal.

Web of Science

Journal Citation Reports can also be accessed via the Web of Science database. Click on the link for "Journal Citation Reports" at the top of the Web of Science homepage. You can search for a specific journal, view all journals or view a group of journals with a common subject area, publisher, or geographic area.

You can also search for a specific article. Click "View Journal Impact" below the citation to view the impact factor of a journal from the article's record. You will open an information box that gives you the basic impact factor. Click the "Journal Citation Reports" in the pop-up to get more information about the journal.

Note: You can access both InCites and Journal Citation Reports through Web of Science.

Cabell's Directories

Cabell's Directories gives rankings and reports for education journals. Cabell's includes three directories related to education:

  • Educational Curriculum & Methods
  • Educational Psychology & Administration
  • Educational Technology & Library Science

Cabell's does not give an impact factor for the journals, however it describes attributes of each journal affecting its esteem in the field, such as acceptance rate, type of review, time to review, and frequency of publication.

For more information

For more help, email the Research and Instructional Services department, or call or visit one of our Research Help Desks:

Sturgis Library at Kennesaw: Ground Floor, Room G-16, 470-578-6325
Johnson Library at Marietta: First Floor, Room C-125, 470-578-7471


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Sep 26, 2019


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