A Bibliometric Study of Family Studies Journals Using Journal Impact Factors, CiteScore and H-index

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Liu, Z. (2021). A Bibliometric Study of Family Studies Journals Using Journal Impact Factors, CiteScore and H-index. International Journal of Librarianship, 6(1), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.23974/ijol.2021.vol6.1.174
Received 2020-10-05
Accepted 2021-01-05
Published 2021-07-10


Although there are bibliometric studies of journals in various fields, the field of family studies remains unexplored. Using the bibliometric metrics of the two-year and five-year Journal Impact Factors, the H-index, and the newly revised CiteScore, this paper examines the relationships among these metrics in a bibliometric study of forty-four representative family studies journals. The citation data were drawn from Journal Citation Reports, Scopus, and Google Scholar. The correlation analysis found strong positive relationships on the metrics. Despite the strong correlations, discrepancies in rank orders of the journals were found. A possible explanation of noticeable discrepancy in rankings was provided, and the implications of the study for stakeholders were discussed.



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