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What is "Impact Factor"?
Measuring "impact factor" is a way to determine the relative importance of a journal within its field. The higher the impact factor, the more important the journal is compared to others in the same discipline. Impact factors are determined based on calculating the number of citations to articles published in a particular journal. This practice is most commonly used in science/technology and social sciences fields.
More information on Impact Factors see the UW Health Sciences Library guide.
Cited Reference Searching
Few tools exist to measure impact factor for Humanities journals. Current tools available--ISI Journal Citation Reports and Eigenfactor--focus primarily on disciplines within science & technology and social sciences. There are two options for cited reference searching in the Humanities:
Google Scholar covers (citations in) books, conference proceedings and a wide range of journals in the Humanities.
Web of Science This link opens in a new window
Use Cited Reference search to find articles that cite a given article. Search on a broad area. Analyze results by journal. Most content in Web of Science is science/technology and social sciences.