Social Work *: How do you find a journal impact factor?

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How do you find a journal impact factor?

The impact factor of a particular journal can be found in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database. Follow the instructions below to find the Journal Citation Reports database.

  1. Go to the USC Libraries website: https://libraries.usc.edu/
  2. Under FIND, select databases
  3. Search for the database Journal Citation Reports 
  4. Select Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science) from the results

screenshot of library website drop down menu under the menu option FIND

Select Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science) from the results. Login with your USC netid and password. 


Once in the database:

Enter the name of the journal in the search box and click the search icon OR browse journals.

Select the journal title from the Master search results to access the citation report.

On the report, you can view the current year’s impact factor under Journal Impact Factor Trend.

If you would like to see previous impact factors, select “All years” to view a list of key indicators. The journal impact factor is located in the 3rd column.