Objectives: The purpose of this study was to develop an up-to-date, authoritative list of allied health journals for both collection management purposes as well as for identification of publication opportunities for faculty.
Methods: For individual allied health disciplines, core published lists have been analyzed and journal ranking metrics have been examined. The core published lists included the Brandon/Hill List, the MLA master guide list, and the previous mapping studies developed by the MLA Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section. The journal ranking metrics included Journal Citation Report’s impact factor, the Eigenfactor article influence score, the 2011 Scopus journal rank, and the source-normalized impact per paper (SNIP) metric.
Results: The core published lists were effective in initial identification of critical titles for the specialties. The journal ranking metrics identified provided a more objective and reliable method for journal selection.
Conclusions: The analysis revealed a list of important journals for each discipline in the allied health field. The list will be beneficial to libraries in identifying critical titles in their collection management efforts, as well as for faculty seeking journals in which to publish in their particular allied health discipline.