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Monitoring Journal Performance

When you analyze the your journal's success, you're bound to look at metrics. But there are more to choose from than ever before. Do you look at:


  • Citation metrics - The classic Impact Factor rating
  • Usage statistics - How the users interact with the articles online
  • Social networking statistics - Engagement with the articles on social media
  • Alt-metrics - a whole range of other methods for judging the quality of an article.


Here's the inconvenient truth about journal metrics: There just isn't one simple, go-to metric that gives an unambiguous rating of the quality of a journal.