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Jacobs, Jerry A. 2011. “Journal Rankings in Sociology: Using the H Index with Google Scholar.” Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, PSC Working Paper Series, PSC 11-05.


This paper proposes using a new metric, h, and new data, drawn from Google Scholar, for ranking sociology journals. This approach is more comprehensive in several ways than the commonly used “journal impact factor.” It includes a longer time-frame and draws on a broader data base. It provides editors and prospective authors with a more informative picture of the strengths and weaknesses of different journals. Moreover, readily available software enables do-it-yourself assessments of journals. While the position of individual journals varies with the new measure, a clear hierarchy of journals remains no matter what assessment metric is used.


Bibliometrics, Citations, Google Scholar, Impact Factor, ISI Web of Knowledge, Publishing, Ranking, Sociology Journals



Date Posted: 15 September 2011