What is Q1 Journal?

Q1 represents the "first quartile", indicating the top 25% of a particular subject area. These evaluations are typically updated on an annual basis and follow a three or four year cycle, meaning that journals are evaluated based on their performance over the past three or four years. Q1 Rating is based on several elements.

  • Journals Impact factor
  • Cite Score
  • Rank
  • Percentile

Various organizations rate academic journals, and the university administration has established a standard whereby a journal will be recognized as Q1 only if it receives a Q1 rating from all three of the following rating groups:

  • Scopus
  • Web of Science/ Clarivate
  • Scimago

Q1 Journal

Q1 denotes the top 25% of the Impact factor distribution

Q2 Journal

Q2 denotes middle high Position (between 25%-50% of the Impact factor distribution)

Q3 Journal

Q3 denotes middle low position (between 50%-75% of the Impact factor distribution)

Q4 Journal

Q4 denotes the lowest position (bottom 25% of the Impact factor distribution)


How to find Q1 Journal?

There are many ways to find quartile of the each journal. Standardly we choose two websites there are,

Scimago Scopus


Find the Q1 through Scimago contain following steps,


To determine a journal's ranking in Scopus, follow these steps:

  • Visit the Scopus website
  • Click on "Sources" and enter the name of the journal you wish to search.
  • Click on "Find Sources." After the search is complete, the journal should appear in the search results. Click on the title to view detailed information.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the "Citerank Score" for the most recent year.
  • Note that Scopus denotes a journal's quartile based on percentiles. Specifically, percentiles 100 to 70 are considered Q1, 74 to 50 are considered Q2, and so on..



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