Journal Rankings in Sociology: Using the H Index with Google Scholar

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Journal Rankings in Sociology: Using the H Index with Google Scholar
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2011
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Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania
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This paper proposes using a new metric, h, and new data, drawn from Google Scholar, for ranking

sociology journals. This approach is more comprehensive in several ways than the commonly used

“journal impact factor.” It includes a longer time-frame and draws on a broader data base. It provides

editors and prospective authors with a more informative picture of the strengths and weaknesses of

different journals. Moreover, readily available software enables do-it-yourself assessments of journals.

While the position of individual journals varies with the new measure, a clear hierarchy of journals

remains no matter what assessment metric is used.

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