Determining the core journals in a field remains a perennial problem for librarians who are developing new collections, rethinking the number of expensive journals that need to be "on the shelves," and recommending journal titles to professors for submitting their articles for publication. Several vendors have introduced citation research and analysis tools to simplify this process for librarians. A number of factors contribute to an academic's decision about where to publish, including the prestige and readership of a journal, the ease with which the work is likely to be accepted for publication, and the speed with which the article is likely to be published. Web of Knowledge provides access to several scientific databases from Thomson Reuters. Price is an important factor when evaluating journal subscriptions. Created for a different purpose and using a slightly different methodology, which includes a global survey to assess academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty ranks the top 400 world universities.
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