Currently, in our department’s evaluations, publications are weighted differently depending on what journal you publish in. We don’t use anything like impact factors, though. Journals are ranked as:
But there’s always been these niggling difficulties. An international journal may actually have a smaller readership and reach fewer people than a national journal (at least in the United States).
Given how much distribution networks for journals have changed, a better rating of journals would be:
- Online and open access
- Online and behind a paywall
- Print only