Q. Hello, I am wondering if you have online availability for any journal impact factor indices - like ISI web of science? I am hoping students can
The library does not subscribe to the Journal Report produced by Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI). The cost of maintiaining our journal collection absorbs all of our materials budget.
If the concept of estimating the value of a journal in addition to the value of an article is what you are looking for, several professors at the University of Washington have attempted to develop a rating system called the Eigenfactor. You can find the explanatory FAQ here: http://www.eigenfactor.org/faq.php. It can be searched by title or by ISI category. Because it references ISI and does not compete with it, the ratings are for several years behind.
Google Scholar is also trying to provide "metrics" at the top of its search page, as well. Google ranks journals using a metric known as the h5-index. The metrics for each subject area are not complete, focusing on the highest impact journals in that discipline, but they can provide useful insights into publishing trends in that discipline. In terms of content, although Google Scholar does have contributions from major publishers, such as Wiley, Springer and Sage, it also includes some results from suspect "predatory" journals. Thus, while the Google Scholar metrics can be a useful tool, it is good to use them with these caveats.