Do a quality-check on the selected articles. Explain shortly on the form what you have done to check the quality of your sources.
Use the instructions in the adjacent boxes.
Journal metrics are used to evaluate impact and quality of journals. There are several journal metrics, the journal impact factor (JIF) is one of them.
The video provides information about the way the impact factor is calculated and how to find impact factors in the Journal Citation Reports. An Impact Factor is a figure that does not say much in itself. You must always view journals and their impact factors in the context of comparable journals (rank).
The crux of science lies in the extent to which an author/researcher performs his work objectively and makes it verifiable. In determining the quality and scientific nature of sources you may start from three kinds of checks:
You can find more information in the Libguide Evaluating Sources
The CRAPMAP consists of a list of questions that help you to assess whether the (online) information you have found is reliable and useful. Depending on your situation, items from the list are more or less important. NB! Always stay alert! This checklist is just a tool and not always sufficient.
The timeliness of the information
When was the information published or posted?
Has the information been revised or updated? Or perhaps even retracted?
Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
The importance of the information for your needs
Does the information relate to your topic or answer your questions?
Who is the intended audience?
Is the information at an appropriate level (not too simple or too advanced)
Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?
The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content
Where does the information come from?
Is the information supported by evidence?
Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors? [Second task or achievement]
The source of the information
Who is the author/publisher/source/journal/sponsor?
What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
Is the publisher/journal scientific? Are they reputable?
Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
The impact a source has on the scientific field
Are you able to find metrics for the source?
Is the source cited by current research?
The impact a source has in general
Are you able to find altmetrics for the source?
Is your research impacted by how well the source is received?
What does the public reception of a source indicate?
* For information about metrics and altmetrics see the LibGuide Research Impact & visibility: traditional and altmetrics
The reason the information exists.
What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
Is there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, financial or personal bias?
This checklist is based on the CRA(A)P test, originally developed by the library of the California State University, Chico
Using the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is one way of assessing and comparing the impact of journals.
In the JCR you can find a few so-called journal metrics, assigned to journals included in the Web of Science. You could see these metrics as an indication of the importance that scientists attribute to articles from those journals. The most known journal metric is the Impact Factor.
The impact factor is the relation between the number of articles that a journal publishes (in one year) and the number of times that articles from the journal (published in the two previous years) are cited by others.
There are two editions of JCR: the Science Edition and the Social Sciences Edition, the latter of course is important for the social sciences. If you wish to use only the SSCI, choose 'Categories by Rank' and make your choice.
Just as Web of Science and SSCI the Journal Citation Reports are part of the Web of Knowledge.
The publisher of of the JCR offers multiple tutorials in English about the Journal Citation Reports
Also in Scopus you can find information about the journals that are included in Scopus and citations to and from articles in these journals. Elsevier (the publisher that owns Scopus) keeps track of all citations since 1996, so CiteScore, SJR and SNIP are calculated from that year on.
You will find information per journal on:
Visit for more information the Scopus tutorial about analysing journals.