Publication Metrics Update on Google Scholar
Google has released a service that allows professionals in a given field to quickly and easily determine the popularity of various journals and conferences within their field of expertise. Known as Google Scholar Metrics, the service allows a user to specify a search term, such as “surgery,” and receive a ranking of the publications with that term that were cited the most within the last five years.
The intent of Google Scholar Metrics is to allow researchers within a field of study to become aware of new publications that have started to attract attention from other professionals in the field. For each journal, the user is also able to identify the articles in the publication that were cited the most, as well as who was citing them. Google hopes that by providing users with the ability to easily find new journals in their field, they will expand the pool of resources in that field for all researchers.