How to assess the scientific quality of your sources.
Define wether a journal is scientific or popular science:
The following infographic gives a good overwiew (in German):
Source: ZBW, Wissenschaftlich arbeiten
In HSGswisscovery, as well as some databases, offers the possibility to restrict your search to peer-reviewed journals
Which journal has been cited often? With the help of citation indices you can find out which scientific value a publication has in its field. This is expressed by the Impact factors, which is genereated mathematically for each journal.
Web of Science
Interdisciplinary database that shows, among others, how often an article has been cited. Use the Cited Reference Search and enter the journal title in abbreviated form. You will get a list of articles from this journal with the according number of "hits".
Interdisciplinary database that shows, among others, how often an article has been cited and how relevant it is compared to similar articles. Analytical tools allow you to visualize your results.
Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Contains a journal ranking. Choose your field, click on „Submit“ and sort the list by "Impact Factor".
More Journal rankings in economics:
IDEAS/RePEc Recursive Discounted Impact Factors for Journals
Biographical information about authors and scientists may be found for example here: