Journal ranking is a way of assessing how journals stand relative to one another. They can help you identify those journals that are likely to be the most reputable and achieve the highest impact and visibility, but there are some caveats to consider (citations not always positive, citation frequency of certain fields, etc). Here are some to consider:
Journal Citation Reports (JCR)- Run by the same company that provides Web of Science, this database covers social sciences and science & engineering journals. Ranks journals by Impact Factor. (Subscription needed- Carleton users have access).
Eigenfactor.org– This is a non-commercial academic research project sponsored by the Bergstrom lab in the Dept of Biology at the University of Washington. Ranking journals much like Google ranks websites (with EigenfactorTM and Article InfluenceTM scores), it covers science and social science journals.
Visit the Library’s Journal Ranking page for more information.