Foley provides many tools for evaluating journals and allowing researchers to examine journal metadata.
The free program Publish or Perish is "a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar and (since release 4.1) Microsoft Academic Search to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents the following metrics:
Having these various metrics available for free is especially useful for institutions like Gonzaga, which do not have access to ISI's Journal Citation Reports and the Journal Impact Factor. However, Google Scholar provides different coverage of the literature than does ISI, making the usefulness of the tool vary by discipline. From Publish or Perish:
"Although for reasons discussed in detail in Google Scholar - a new data source for citation analysis the use of Google Scholar generally provides a higher citation count than ISI, this might not be true for all fields of studies.
As a general rule of thumb, we would suggest that using Google Scholar might be most beneficial for three of the Google Scholar categories:
For more on Publish or Perish, see the Slideshare presentation Citation Analysis: From Publication to Impact, by Anne-Wil Harzing from University of Melbourne.
The advent of social media and web analytics have opened the door to new possibilities in exporing and quantifying the impact a journal makes. Many services and university research projects have successfully employed Web 2.0 tools to the evaluation of scholarly publications. Here are a few research groups that offer tools dealing with alternative scholarly metrics.