Journal quality metrics: options to consider other than impact factors

Am J Occup Ther. May-Jun 2011;65(3):346-50. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2011.001396.

Abstract

Journal quality metrics (also referred to as bibliometrics), such as impact factors, are increasingly being used as a measure of researchers' and educators' success and prestige. Occupational therapists who submit articles to peer-reviewed journals may face a professional and research dilemma: Do they submit their articles to journals that largely have a professional audience and potentially do not have an impact factor, or do they opt not to publish their research material in occupational therapy-oriented journals? Occupational therapy authors can consider other journal quality metric alternatives, in addition to the impact factor option, including the Eigenfactor Score, Article Influence Score, h-index, SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP), and discipline-specific generated journal quality measures. These other journal quality metrics can be important reference points for occupational therapists who publish and may encourage authors to publish in journals relevant to the discipline. This process, in turn, will build the occupational therapy body of knowledge as well as provide an essential, growing reference source for evidence-based practice.

MeSH terms

  • Bibliometrics*
  • Databases, Bibliographic
  • Humans
  • Journal Impact Factor
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • Peer Review
  • Periodicals as Topic*