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Course Research Impacts: Finding & comparing journals

Finding & comparing journals

Scopus also provides information on the journal level. This information can help you decide which journals are important in your field of research or in which journal you should (try to) publish.

Here we cover:

  • Finding journals in a subject category
  • Journal metrics in Scopus
  • Comparing journals

Finding journals in a subject category

Sources is one of the options on top of the screen in Scopus. When you click this link, you can search for publication titles: you can search by title, ISSN or publisher or, when you click Browse sources, search by subject area.

Please note: when you search by ISSN in this part of Scopus, you have to enter the ISSN of the paper version of the journal, even though the e-ISSN (the ISSN of the electronical version of the journal) is known by Scopus.

When you search by Subject Area, you have to click the button Find Sources after making a selection from the dropdown menu.

In the overview you can click a title to go to the Source details. Here you can see the assigned subject area(s), the coverage in Scopus, the ISSN and the e-ISSN (if available). You can see the most recent CiteScore, SJR and SNIP (see 'Journal metrics in Scopus').

At the bottom you get more information about CiteScore and the content coverage in Scopus.


Journal metrics in Scopus



Additional information


The citations received in four years to articles, reviews, conference papers, book chapters and data papers published in those four years, divided by the number of articles, reviews, conference papers, book chapters and data papers published in those four years.

Please note: the calculation method of CiteScore was updated in June 2020, see

If a journal has less than 4 years of data in Scopus, the available years will be used to calculate the CiteScore.

SCImago Journal Rank

Reflects prestige of source: value of weighted citations per document

4 years of data are needed to calculate the SJR.

Source normalized impact per paper

The ratio of the journal’s citation count per paper and the citation potential in its subject field
(please note: the subject field used to calculate the SNIP is not the same as the subject area in Scopus!)

4 years of data are needed to calculate the SNIP


Total number of citations received by a journal in the year, considering all documents


Documents (Docs)

Total number of documents published in the journal in the year


Percent not cited

Percentage of documents published in the year that have never been cited (within Scopus) to date


Percent reviews

Percentage of documents in the year that are review articles


SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

SJR assigns relative scores to all of the sources in a citation network. Not all citations are equal: subject field, quality and reputation of the journal has a direct impact on the value of a citation. A source transfers its own 'prestige', or status, to another source through the act of citing it. A citation from a source with a relatively high SJR is worth more than a citation from a source with a lower SJR.
This metric was developed by SCImago, a Spanish research group dedicated to information analysis, representation and retrieval by means of visualisation techniques.

SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)

SNIP measures a source’s contextual citation impact, by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a given subject field. This subject field is defined by the papers that cite the journal, it’s not based on the subject areas used in Scopus! The impact of a single citation is given a higher value in subject fields where citations are less likely, and vice versa.
More information about the SNIP can be found in the article of Henk Moed, the creator of the SNIP, and on the journal indicators website of the CWTS. Lisa Colledge et al. published a useful overview article about SJR and SNIP.


The average citations per document that a title receives over a four-year period. As an example, to calculate a 2019 value, CiteScore counts the citations received in 2016 to 2019 to documents (articles, reviews, conference papers, book chapters and data papers) published in 2016 to 2019. The citation count is then divided by the number of articles, reviews, conference papers, book chapters and data papers, published in the journal, indexed on Scopus published in 2016 to 2019. A list is available on
If a journal has less than four years of publications in Scopus, the CiteScore is calculated based on the available data (so over less than four years). 

Comparing journals

To compare journals you can use the link Compare sources on the startpage of Scopus, in the dark blue bar.

You can perform a search to find the journals you want to compare. When you mark them in the list on the left side, the graph on the right side is updated.

Scopus Compare sources

You can compare journals by CiteScore, SNIP, SJR, citations, documents, percent not cited and percentage reviews per year.