Answered By: Dave Harmeyer
Last Updated: May 22, 2020     Views: 16

Example: The Impact Factor of 10.632 for the journal, Academy of Management Review for 2018, indicates that, on average, the articles published in this journal in the past two years have been cited about 10.632 times.

In theory, the higher the impact factor, the more highly ranked the journal. The top 5% of journals (about 610 journals) have impact factors approximately equal to or greater than 6. About two-thirds of journals have a 2017 impact factor equal to or greater than 1.

The aim of a journal's Impact Factor is to measure the impact that a journal makes in its field, based on the number of citations to articles published in the journal in a given year. The Impact Factor of a journal is one of the most widely used methods of assessing its worth and relevance to the academic community it serves.

The database Journal Citation Reports (JCR) tracks journal Impact Factors and rankings of journals in the social and life sciences based on millions of citations. APU does not currently subscribe to JCR.

Another way to find out the impact factor of a journal is to visit the journal's website. Often publishers of a journal will indicate the most recent impact factor. For example:


For an alternative to a journal's impact factor there is the free Scimago Journal Rank (SJR). SJR is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from.

For more information about Impact Factors as well as other Impact Factor Databases go to the University of Washington's Health Sciences Library LibGuide on Impact Factors.