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Public Administration Research Guide

Welcome! This guide will point you to research resources for a variety of public administration topics.

Funding Opportunities

Publishing Avenues

Research Impact (Author, Article, and Journal Impact)

Research Impact  measures the influence or importance of an author, article or academic journal. Resources listed below enable one to explore (1) author impact (citation analysis - comparing total # of the author's academic publications to the number of times these publications have been cited by other researchers), (2) article impact (tracking how an article is being used, shared, and discussed.and measure it's influence, and (3) Journal impact (measures which journal has influence as well as see publication and citation trends in a topic area).

Google Scholar Metrics

Summarizes recent citations to many publications, to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research.Three metrics are provided: the h-index, the i-10 index ( the number of articles with at least ten citations), and the total number of citations to your articles.

Google Scholar Citations

In July 2011 Google introduced Google Scholar Citations: "a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time". Check it out and get started Tracking your citations and articles

Journal Citation Reports - JCR

 A comprehensive tool for finding impact factors for journals. The reports provide the journal rank, Impact Factor, Immediacy Index, cited half-life, the total number of citations to the journal in the given year, plus the Eigenfactor Metrics, i.e., Eigenfactor Score and the Article Influence Score. JRC Quick Tour - video

Web of Science Citation Databases

Citation data collected from: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED); Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI); Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI); Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S); Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH)

Scopus

Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Learn more about Scopus Journal Metrics, Author Metrics, & Article-level Metrics

A software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents the metrics such as: # of papers, # of citations, Average citations per paper, citations per author, Hirsch's h-index, Egghe's g-index, etc.
ResearchGate

Journal Rankings

The Peer Review Process

Article peer reviewing is regarded as an important element for ensuring quality in research.

  • Ulrich's Periodicals directory 

    To find out if a journal is peer reviewed use Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. Look up the title of the journal and see if it has the Refereed symbol next to it (more detail is on the site).

    Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities

    Helps you to determine which journals typically publish manuscripts similar to yours, type of review, number of reviewers, acceptance rate, time required for review, availability of reviewers' comments, number of copies required and manuscript topics.

Where you publish matters: Learn more about open access & predatory (deceptive) publishing

The Open Access movement has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of new online publishers. Many of these publishers are very questionable (please be aware) and might exist only to make money off the author processing charges that are billed to authors upon acceptance of their scientific manuscripts. Consult the following resources to identity practices used by predatory publishers as well as lists of open access journals that re considered non-deceptive.

Read More about Bibliometrics