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Comparison among Journal Quality Indicators of Sports Science Journals

Library Herald Year : 2017, Volume : 55, Issue : 3 First page : ( 339) Last page : ( 351) Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469. Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-2469.2017.00032.X

Comparison among Journal Quality Indicators of Sports Science Journals

Dr. Waris Abu*, Ahmad Shakil**, Prof. Dr. Isam Ceng., Abdel-Magid Mohammed***, Dr. Hussain Akhtar**** *Assistant Professor and Acquisition Librarian, Deanship of Library Affairs, New Central Library, P.O. 1982, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, http://library.uod.edu.sa **Lecturer and Technical Librarian, Deanship of Library Affairs, New Central Library, P.O. 1982, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, http://library.uod.edu.sa, E-mail: shahmad@uod.edu.sa; shakilahma@gmail.com ***Chair Development and Training Unit of Deanship of Graduate Studies, Head Proof reading and Revision Department at the Centre of Scientific Publications, Professor of water resources science and environmental engineering at Environmental Engineering Department of the College of Engineering, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Box 1982, Dammam, 31451, KSA, E-mail: iahmed@ud.edu.sa, isam.abdelmagid@gmail.com ****Librarian, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Email: akhtar.a47@gmail.com, ahusain.c@ksu.edu.sa Abstract This article evaluates the quality indices of sports science journals with emphasis on Journal Impact Factor (JIF, SCImago Journal Rank indicator (SJR), Eigen factor Score (ES) and H-index. The 2015 JIFs and ESs are obtained from Journal Citation Report® (JCR) through WoS and the SJR from the SCImago Journal and country rank website. Efforts were made to relate JIF, SJR, ES and H5 quality indices for ranking and rating quality of sports science journals. Similarly, correlations between indices were depicted by using SPSS Pearson's and Spearman's statistical correlations. Considered sports science journals have the leading standard of quality as being indexed in marked and esteemed databases such as: Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus. JIF ranged between 0.163 to 6.724; ES varied between 0.0002 to 0.0416, JSR oscillated between 0.134 to 3.333 and H5 ranged between 4 to 81. A high Pearson's (r) statistical correlation occurred between JIF and SJR indicators for journals in this category (r = 0.892) and between JIF and H5 indices (r = 0.769), while it is rather moderate between JIF and ES values (r = 0.690). Spearsman's rho statistical correlation indicated an acceptable and identical correlation appeared between JIF and SJR indicators, JIF and ES rankings and between JIF and H5 for journals in Sports science (coefficient value = 0.905, 0.845 and 0.818, respectively).

Keywords Journal ranking, Bibliometric indicators, Impact factor, SCImago indicator, Eigenfactor score, H5-Index, Sports Science journals.

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