Journal Assessment

Here we present some tools that can be used to assess scholarly journals.

Evaluating journals

Is a journal refereed (peer reviewed)? How frequently is it published? Which databases index it?
UlrichsWeb contains general information about journals. The easiest way to check whether an article undergoes peer review before publishing is to search for the journal in the list of ejournals in Hanna. Then click on the SFX icon and choose Ulrich's from the SFX menu. If the line Refereed: Yes is listed on the journal information tab it means that the journal uses peer reviewers in the publication process.

How fast is a journal from submission to publication?
General information about this can be found on a journal′s or publisher′s website. Some journals have a "received" date and "accepted" on the first page of their articles.

Is a journal indexed in Web of Science?
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) contains information on Web of Science journals, including their subject categories.

What impact factor does a journal have in Web of Science?
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) contains information about impact factors In Web of Science.

What impact factor does a journal have in Scopus?
SJR and SNIP contains information about impact factors in Scopus.

Is a journal Level 1, 2 or 3 according to the Publication Forum (Julkaisufoorumi)?
Search journals contains lists of scientific journals. Level 3 journals are considered to be the best.

Is a journal open access? Am I allowed to self-archive an article in DHanken?
Sherpa/Romeo provides information about what publishing rights authors have with a large number of journals. Read more about open access and self-archiving.

How do we assess journals at Hanken?
Hanken uses a combination of Impact factors in Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), the Academic Journal Guide (AJG) and the Publication Forum rating when assessing the quality of a journal. Another general assessment tool is Ulrichsweb.

The national Publication Forum rating aims to serve as the quality indicator of the whole scientific publication production of universities in Finland. Following the Norwegian and Danish examples, the Publication Forum system is based on quality classification of scientific publication channels - journals, publication series and book publishers - in all research fields. The publication channels are divided into three levels (1 = basic; 2 = leading; 3 = top) by 23 field specific expert panels. The rating will be fully in use within the MinEdu funding model as of 2015 and it is used in the internal funding model at Hanken beginning from year 2013. The rating is available at Articles presenting the results of original research, published in journals ranked on levels 1-3, are classified as A1 in the research database HARIS (review-articles as A2).

Journals not available in the Publication Forum rating are assessed by UlrichsWeb and based on information on the journal's home page.

According to the Ministry of Education and Culture the journals are categorized as follows:

  1. Peer-reviewed scientific journal
  2. Journals with Publication Forum rating level 1-3 or other scientific journal with peer review
  3. Non-refereed scientific journal
  4. Scientific journal without peer review
  5. Trade journal
  6. Popularised journal
  7. Newspaper

See Publication data collection instructions for researchers 2019 (pdf) or Julkaisutiedonkeruun ohjeistus tutkijoille 2019 (pdf)

The review Tieteen tila 2016/The State of Scientific Research 2016 (Academy of Finland) is based on studies on the research capabilities for and results of the research carried out by Finnish universities and research institutes.