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Journal ranking – August 2013 update

13 August 2013 4 comments

Update 28 Feb 2015 – The ABS (the Association of Business Schools) Academic Journal Guide 2015  is now located at www.bizschooljournals.com – its objective is to provide a “wide  authoritative guide to journal quality in the broadly defined field of business and management”. The previous guide  “2009 version 3” , then called the ABS Journal Quality Guide, is no longer available from www.bizschooljournals.com archive page. According to a July 2013 press release the new guide was planned to be available late 2014 but then delayed until February 2015. [end Update 28 Feb 2015]

As posted earlier – Journal ranking – 2012 JCR – the ISI Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) Journal Citation Reports for 2012 are now available. From Google Scholar Metrics post on INSEAD’s Academic Trends and Innovation blog. The 2013 version of Google Scholar Metrics was released on July 24, 2013. It covers articles published between 2008 and 2012.

‘Scholar Metrics currently cover articles published between 2008 and 2012, both inclusive. The metrics are based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar in July 2013. This also includes citations from articles that are not themselves covered by Scholar Metrics.’

Google Scholar Metrics for Strategic Management (click to enlarge)

Google Scholar Metrics for Strategic Management (click to enlarge)

SJR Icon The SJR SCImago Journal and Country Rank – Journal Ranking, based on Scopus data, still have 2011 as their latest year. The CWTS Journal Indicators are also based on Scopus data, and again 2011 is the latest available.

CWTS Journal Indicators provides free access to bibliometric indicators on scientific journals. The indicators have been calculated by Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) based on the Scopus bibliographic database produced by Elsevier. Indicators are available for over 20,000 journals indexed in the Scopus database.

www.journalindicators.com [Accessed 13 August 2013] Related information

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Google scholar – Find It via UML

2 October 2012 1 comment

Google scholar is a useful resource for finding books and articles. On campus PCs are configured so that it provides Find It via UML links. Off campus you can configure Google scholar to include these links.

Google Scholar – Find It via UML (click to enlarge)

Configuring Google Scholar

  1. Select the Scholar Settings link at the top right of http://scholar.google.co.uk/
  2. In the Library Links section, find the University of Manchester library
  3. Click the Save Preferences button at the foot of the page.

Video demo of setting Google Scholar preferences – http://screencast.com/t/c3SJISwTVwp

Note:

The Find It via UML links do not give you direct access to online articles. You still need to authenticate yourself as a member of the University to access the full text.

How can I check a journal’s availability through the library?

Other e-journal related questions on the FAQ

For those interested in the details, adding the library preference to Google scholar means that it checks the library’s “link resolver” for items in the search results and adds a link where appropriate.

Cited Reference Searching

10 July 2012 1 comment

In researching a topic it is often very useful to find articles that have cited an article of particular interest. There are two library databases with good support for this cited reference searching: Web of Knowledge (aka Web of Science) and Scopus. Taking an example:

Mouzas, S., Henneberg, S., and Naude, P. (2007) Trust and reliance in business relationships. European Journal of Marketing, 41 (9-10), 1016-1032.

Web of Science/Knowledge - reference searching

Web of Knowledge – (click to expand)

Web of Knowledge  (Web of Science) shows that this article has been cited by 12 articles that are themselves covered by Web of Science.

It also offers the chance to look for related articles – those that are similar to this one because of the references they share.

These features can be used to trace the development of research ideas through shared references and reference chains: paperA cited_by paperB cited_by paperC cited_by …

Note: Web of Knowledge  does not give direct access to full-text but these are mostly easily reachable through the purple FindIt@UML links.

Scopus (click to expand)

Scopus shows that this article has been cited by 17 articles that are covered by Scopus. The details are in the Cited by since 1996 section on the right hand side.

Scopus will often provide a greater number of cited-by articles  since it  covers a greater range of business and managenent journals. See  Journal database comparison

Like Web of Knowledge, Scopus also offers links to related documents based on the references they share and access to full text through  the purple FindIt@UML links. Both databases  also offer the chance to setup an alert when a particular article is cited by another in the database.

Google scholar will give an even greater number of cited by resources – 39 for this example. This is because Google scholar will include everything where it can find the full text or bibliometric information on the web – articles, books, conference papers, working papers, reports, theses. In contrast Web of Knowledge  and Scopus only include cited by from respected academic publications that qualify for inclusion in the respective database.

Finally I must acknowledge Dave Hirst’s post on the Everything Engineering blog that partly inspired this one – How to track the citations? Web of Science versus Google Scholar.

Google Scholar and full-text of articles

Google Scholar is a quick and effective way of finding articles when doing a literature search. Getting to the full-text of the article can require a little work.

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For example:-

A search returns an interesting looking result

“Datastream Returns and UK Open Offers”

Does the University of Manchester library offer access to the full-text?

Google Scholar offers several versions:

  • papers.ssrn.com – SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network) is a repository of working papers – you can get a version of the paper but this might not be exactly the same as in the European Journal of Finance
  • kar.kent.ac.uk – Kent Academic Repository only gives access to the bibliographic details (including abstract)
  • informaworld.com – informaword (Taylor and Francis Group) will give you access to full-text. You need to either be recognised as using a University of Manchester PC or logon to authenticate youself.
  • ideas.repec.org – a bibliographic database so no access to full-text
  • ingentaconnect.com – University of Manchester does not subscribe to this journal on ingentaconnect so even if you sign-in you will still be asked to pay for the full-text
  • econpapers.repec.org – again bibliographic database so no full-text

There is not really an easy way of knowing which is the best link offered by Google Scholar to choose.

A-Z electronic journal list (European Journal of Finance)

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Using the journal title, The European Journal of Finance in this case, you can use the A-Z e-journal list to find details of the library’s subscription(s).

An alternative for academic journal articles is to try one of the bibliographic databases: ISI Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) or Scopus. Both of these include FindIt at JRUL links to help locate the full-text of articles.

Google scholar – Find It via JRUL

11 February 2011 1 comment

[This is now out of date – see https://bizlib247.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/google-scholar-find-it-via-uml/ ]

Google scholar is a useful resource for finding books and articles. On campus PCs are configured so that it provides Find It via JRUL links. Off campus you can configure Google scholar to include these links.

Configuring Google Scholar

  1. Select the Scholar Preferences link at the top right
  2. In the Library Links section, find the University of Manchester library
  3. Click the Save Preferences button at the foot of the page.

Video demo of setting Google Scholar preferences – http://screencast.com/t/X1Av0Nf9

Note:

The Find It via JRUL links do not give you direct access to online articles. You still need to authenticate yourself as a member of the University to access the full text. (See the second half of the demo video http://screencast.com/t/X1Av0Nf9.)

The Find It via JRUL links are not perfect. If the link does not give you access to the article then you should double-check whether the journal is available as an e-journal.

How can I check a journal’s availability through the library?
Other e-journal related questions on the FAQ

For those interested in the details, adding the library preference to Google scholar means that it checks the library’s “link resolver” for items in the search results and adds a link where appropriate.