A comparison of bibliometric indicators in occupational therapy journals published in English

Ted Brown, Sharon A. Gutman

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Background.: The use of bibliometrics to evaluate the quality and impact of refereed journals has increased along with access to electronic databases and citation counts. Purpose.: This analysis compared and contrasted the range of publication metrics available for English-language occupational therapy journals. Method.: Bibliometric data were sourced for 23 English-language occupational therapy journals, including data from the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 2- and 5-year impact factor, JCR Immediacy Index, Eigenfactor Score, Article Influence Score, Scopus Source Normalized Impact per Paper, SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) score, and ResearchGate journal impact score. H-indexes for journals were also sourced. Findings.: The American Journal of Occupational Therapy had the highest publication metrics. SJR-based scores included a larger number of journals, whereas JCR-based metrics were more restrictive in the number of journals included. Implications.: Multiple metrics should be used to comprehensively understand occupational therapy journal performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-135
Number of pages10
JournalCanadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2019


  • Bibliometrics
  • Impact factor
  • Journal ranks
  • Publication metrics
  • Quality scores

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