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Bora Laskin Law Library Guide to Finding Law Journals and Journal Articles

What are Citation Metrics?

Citation metrics go beyond basic citation counts. They comprise various measures to quantify the citation impact of authorsarticles, and journals. This page gives you information on how to use various tools to find citation information for entire journals, as well as for specific articles and authors. You will also find information on how to check if an article is peer reviewed.   

For more detailed information on citation/impact metrics please take a look at UTL's LibGuide on Scholarly Communication

Finding Citation Information for a Whole Journal

There are a few fairly evolved tools for measuring citations to whole journals rather than tracking citations per article.

Journal Citation Reports

  • Ranks journals within disciplines according to metrics aimed at quanitfying research influence and impact based on citation data
  • Supplies information on articles per year and citations per year by journal

Scopus Journal Analyzer 

  • Measures the 'prestige' of journals through a few different metrics
  • Supplies data on numbers of total articles and total citations per journal
  • Lets you select and overlay a number of journals on a single graph for comparison

  • Tries to rate the 'total importance' of journals by factoring in journal ranking with citation count in a manner similar to Google's pageranking, and displays it in a very visual form. 

Finding Citation Information for Specific Articles or Authors

For obtaining citation data per article, the following are good tools for tracking citations. It is important to keep in mind that no single citation tool will be comprehensive. 

JSTOR Citation Locator

  • Allows you to locate citations and track citation history for specific articles in JSTOR

Web of Science

  • Largest citation database
  • Includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Science Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Index
  • Concentrates more on scientific journals than those from the humanities & social sciences, but has good coverage of economics journals
  • Calculates h-index for individual researchers


  • Ranks the impact of individual authors through various metrics
  • Citation tracking begins with 1996 publications
  • Calculates h-index for individual researchers
  • Concentrates more on scientific journals than those from the humanities and social sciences

Google Scholar

  • Picks up citations from books, grey literature and government publications
  • Performs well at finding citations to economics literature, although tends to be weaker the farther back in time you go

Is your Article Peer-Reviewed? Check Ulrich's

I found a great article.  Is it from a peer-reviewed journal?  Check Ulrich's

Articles in peer-reviewed journals are reviewed by a group of the writer's peers (aka other academics in his/her field) before the articles are published.

How do you know if the articles in a journal are peer-reviewed?

Some databases allow you to limit to peer-reviewed articles. For other databases, you can find this info from the Get It! page or you can look up the title of the journal in Ulrichsweb (below).

Type the JOURNAL TITLE (not the article title) into the search box, and click search:


This is an example of a record in Ulrich's. "Refereed" is a synonym for "peer-reviewd"; Arab Studies Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal: