The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator captures the scientific influence of journals indexed in the major science database, SCOPUS. The indicator records which journals cite a journal and how often a journal is cited. Thus, not only the “impact factor” of a journal, expressed in the number of citations, is taken into account, but also the importance of a journal, expressed through the environment – the prestige of the journals that cited the journal. The SJR indicator thus represents a further development of indicators that only capture the impact of a journal by means of citations.
Quartiles are used to classify the scientific influence of the indexed journals: Q1 (highest quartile) to Q4 (lowest quartile). Even though Q4 is the lowest quartile, it should be taken into account that inclusion in the Scopus database and the score SJR requires a successful review process in which the quality of a journal is verified.
The journal “International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET)” was reported in the SJR for the first time in 2019. Although it was the first ranking of the journal, IJRVET directly reached Q3 and already in 2020 the journal achieved an even higher rank: IJRVET is reported as a Q2 journal in the current SJR. It is thus situated in the same quartile as e.g. the journal “Vocations and Learning” (Springer).