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Date of this Version

Winter 1-20-2021


Scholarly published scientific journals’ quality and the standard were measured in recent years based on their scientific indicators such as Journal Impact Factor (IF), citation values, and journal ranking values. Any experimental writer and researcher will investigate these factors of journals before publishing their research output. Analyzing and comparing these indicators among different bibliographic databases are welcomed by the research community and will give them some insight to decide or to choose which journals they need to select for publishing their research outputs. The main objective of the research work undertaken was to assess the impact and visibility of 66 Arabian journals using JCR bibliometric indicators for comparison of journal quality, i.e. comparison of Journal Impact Factor (JIF), Eugen Factor Score (ES), Cite Score (CS), Source normalized impact per publication (SNIP), Scimago Journal Ranking (SJR), and H5 index. This study also aimed to determine whether these indices were an alternative to each other for estimating the quality of 66 Arabian journals. The research data was collected from the Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus databases. The JIF and ES were taken from the WoS and CS, SNIP and SJR from Scopus. The analysis for this study was done using Microsoft Excel and SPSS software. Maximum Pearson’s (r) statistical correlation was found between JIF and CS (r=0.844) while Maximum Spearman’s (ρ) statistical correlation was found between JIF and CS (ρ=0.843). A linear correlation was found between the values and ranks of the indices. Hence, we conclude that the open-access indicator SJR can be used as an alternative to the JIF