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Faculty Scholarship Support: Law Journal Rankings

This guide is intended to help law faculty navigate the process of submitting papers to law journals.

Law Journal Rankings

Google Scholar
Google Scholar Metrics Top Publications
 -- This list is updated annually and includes the 20 law journals with the highest h-index values based on citation data in Google Scholar. While Google Scholar data is generally more comprehensive than that of proprietary databases, its inclusion of working papers and other gray literature often results in higher citation counts than other platforms. More information about the metrics and coverage is available on the Google Scholar website.

HeinOnline Law Journals – Most Cited Authors

This analysis is run over the more than 1,800 legal periodicals available in the Law Journal Library. The figures are calculated based on Bluebook citation analysis across all the title available in HeinOnline and are updated on a monthly basis. This information can also be found at any time inside the Law Journal Library at the browsing level.

HeinOnline's Law Journals - Most Cited (login required) -- This list of the 100 most cited law journals in HeinOnline is updated monthly and relies on a Bluebook citation analysis of all titles available through the platform. As with Washington & Lee's ranking, this list may not accurately represent the impact of law journals that are heavily cited by scholars in other disciplines due to its reliance on HeinOnline citation data. 

Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports presents academic journal analytics that evaluate, rank, and compare journals using citation data drawn from core journals in the sciences, technology, and social sciences. Facilitates the identification of highly ranked journals for publication.

Scopus CiteScore

CiteScore is the number of citations received by a journal in one year to documents published in the three previous years, divided by the number of documents indexed in Scopus published in those same three years.

Scimago Journal & Country Rank 

The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator is a measure of the scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where the citations come from.

University of Illinois Law Review Online Rankings

University of Illinois Law Review Online maintains a list of all online law reviews ranked by Westlaw citations-per-article. The ranking also includes journal impact factors and U.S. News rankings.

Washington & Lee's Law Journal Rankings

This ranking is based on Westlaw citation data for the previous eight years and is updated annually by the Law Library at the Washington & Lee Law School. The list of more than 1,500 journals allows users to sort by the total number of journal or case citations, impact factor, or a combined score. It generally excludes bar journals, magazines, and newsletters, as well as law journals that primarily publish in languages other than English. The impact of law journals that are heavily cited by scholars in other disciplines may not be accurately represented by this list, given its reliance on Westlaw citation data. Visit the About and Methodology pages for more information. 

Leiter-Sisk Reports

Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2021: Updating the Leiter Score Ranking for the Top Third. The Sisk group's 2021 five year study update of the scholarly impact ranking the top third of ABA-accredited law schools.

Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2018: Updating the Leiter Score Ranking for the Top Third. The Sisk group's 2018 five year study update of the scholarly impact ranking the top third of ABA-accredited law schools.

Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2015: Updating the Leiter Score Ranking for the Top Third. The Sisk group's 2015 five year study update of the scholarly impact ranking the "top third of ABA-accredited law schools.

Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2012: Applying Leiter Scores to Rank the Top Third. The Sisk group's 2012 five year study update of the scholarly impact ranking the top third of ABA-accredited law schools.

Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties: Extending the Leiter Rankings to the Top 70 (2012).

10 Most-Cited Legal History Faculty (in law schools) in the U.S., 2016-2020.

20 Most-Cited Corporate & Securities Law Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020.

20 Most-Cited Criminal Law & Procedure Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020.

10 Most-Cited Property (including Wills & Estates) Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020.

15 Most-Cited Law & Social Science (excluding economics) Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020.

Top 25 Law Faculties In Scholarly Impact, 2005-2009.

Top Ten Law Faculties in Scholarly Impact, 2005-2008.

Top 30 Law Faculties Based on Scholarly Impact, 2007.

Faculty Quality Based on Scholarly Impact, 2005.

FAQs

What is the Impact Factor?

According to Clarivate Analytics, which publishes the Journal Citation Reports, the IF "is a measure of the frequency with which the 'average article' in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period," calculated by dividing the number of citations by the number of articles published over a given period.

What is the h-index?

At the journal level, an h-index of h signifies that the journal has published h articles that have been cited at least h times. For example, a journal with an h-index of 45 has published 45 articles that have been cited at least 45 times.