Citation indexes enable you to find the most cited articles by finding papers citing them since they were written. You can also use them to find the best journals to publish in. We have subscriptions to both Web of Science and Scopus.
They are similar products but do not cover the same sets of journals, so to do a fully systematic literature review you may well need to use both of them. The introductions below should get you started.
These links are to alternative sources of information on research journals:
These two resources go beyond conventional citation counts and into social media and the web to create impact measures.
Please do follow the advice in other boxes to make sure you get published in a quality journal.
There are journals which have been set up specifically to capture open access papers and their quality has been questionned. This Blog is a source of useful advice on this topic.
Although this is a talk about getting published in IEEE journals, the lessons and advice are universal.