Assessing Journal Quality in Mathematics Education

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  • 1 East Tennessee State University
  • 2 University of Missouri, Columbia

In this Research Commentary, we describe 3 journal metrics–the Web of Science's Impact Factor, Scopus's SCImago Journal Rank, and Google Scholar Metrics' h5-index—and compile the rankings (if they exist) for 69 mathematics education journals. We then discuss 2 paths that the mathematics education community should consider with regard to these citation-based metrics of journal quality: either working within the system to enhance our positioning or resisting or modifying the system itself.

Contributor Notes

Ryan Andrew Nivens, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, East Tennessee State University, PO Box 70684, Johnson City, TN 37614-1709;

Samuel Otten, Department of Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum, University of Missouri–Columbia, 121B Townsend Hall, Columbia, MO 65211;

(Corresponding author is Nivens author is Otten
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education


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