There are a variety of citation management tools available to support students and scholars in collecting, organizing and citing literature. UT Librarians often recommend Zotero to students because it is free and portable, but there are other tools.
Citation Management Software Comparison Charts
EndNote (Basic is free from Web of Science/Clarivate)
EndNote comes in different versions: EndNote (license desktop), EndNote Basic and EndNote Online, click here to learn more.
Mendeley (free from Elsevier)
Zotero (free Open source)
Journal metrics such as Journal Citation Reports, Google Journal Metrics or Acceptance Rates can help you determine how a journal stacks up against other journals in the field and may help you determine not only where to submit your manuscript, but how heavily you should weigh certain articles. Journals with a higher impact factor are thought of more highly. These numbers vary between disciplines, so only compare the impact factor of a journal with other journals in the same discipline. There are also alternative journal metrics.
Journal Citation Reports
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a produced by Clarivate Analytics. It can be accessed either by a direct link to the database from Library Search or from within the Web of Science interface. JCR uses multiple factors to evaluate journals such as Impact Factor, Immediacy Index, EigenFactor, Cited Half Life, and Article Influence Score. JCR is a trusted source for journal ranking but it does not cover all journals.
Google Journal Metrics
Google Scholar collects and distributes journal level metrics as a way to rank and compare journals. To access these metrics click on the link on the lines to the left of the words Google Scholar to see the page titled Metrics.
Journal acceptance rates indicate how selective journals are about the submissions they accept. If a journal is more selective, that generally indicates that the content is of a better quality. However, these can be hard to find.
Alternative Journal Metrics
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