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Graduate Research in Public Policy and Political Science

A guide to the best resources and best research practices for graduate research in Political Science

Top Tier Journals - JCR and SJR

Top Tier Journals

The following are lists of top tier (high impact) journals in the fields of public administration, political science, and international relations.  The list is ordered by Journal Impact Factor calculations from JCR/Clarivate Journal Citation Reports (2019).  Within each field the journals below are ranked from top to bottom with the journals having the highest impact factors appearing at the top of the list. (Also see note about SJR rankings below).

                    

SJR - An Alternative Journal Ranking System

There are a number of systems that measure journal impact factor. SCIMago Journal & Country Ranking (SJR) provides very detailed metrics that cover multiple years at a glance. 


SJR also reviews many more journals than JCR.
 

In the combined areas of Political Science & International Relations:

   SJR reviews roughly 500 journals

   JCR review roughly 270 journals 

Top Tier Journals in Public Administration (JCR)

Top Tier Journals in Public Administration

The following are lists of top tier (high impact) journals in the field of public administration.  The list is ordered by Journal Impact Factor calculations from JCR/Clarivate Journal Citation Reports (2019).  Within each field the journals below are ranked from top to bottom with the journals having the highest impact factors appearing at the top of the list.

Caution.  Rod Library owns many, but not all public administration journals.  Journals in the list without a link are not owned.  Though not ideal, it is possible to obtain articles from journals not owned by Rod Library.  To find these article, Google the journal name, search it's contents, and then order articles found via interlibrary loan.

   

Top 25 Journals in Public Administration

Top Tier Journals in Political Science (JCR)

Top Tier Journals in Political Science

The following is a list of top tier (high impact) journals in political science.  The list is ordered by Journal Impact Factor calculations from JCR/Clarivate Journal Citation Reports (2019).  The journals below are ranked from top to bottom with the journals having the highest impact factors appearing at the top of the list. 

Caution.  Rod Library owns many, but not all political science journals.  Journals in the list without a link are not owned.  Though not ideal, it is possible to obtain articles from journals not owned by Rod Library.  To find these article, Google the journal name, search it's contents, and then order articles found via interlibrary loan.


Top 25 Journals in Political Science

Top Tier Journals in International Relations (JCR)

Top Tier Journals in International Relations

The following are lists of top tier (high impact) journals in the field of international relations.  The list is ordered by Journal Impact Factor calculations from JCR/Clarivate Journal Citation Reports (2019).  Within each field the journals below are ranked from top to bottom with the journals having the highest impact factors appearing at the top of the list.

Caution.  Rod Library owns many, but not all international relations.  Journals in the list without a link are not owned.  Though not ideal, it is possible to obtain articles from journals not owned by Rod Library.  To find these article, Google the journal name, search it's contents, and then order articles found via interlibrary loan.

    

Top 25 Journals in International Relations