The university administration has set a guideline that journals must be rated as Q1 to receive financial support. Q1 is shorthand for the "first quartile" or the top 25% of a subject area. These ratings are updated yearly and usually run on a three or four year cycle (i.e. they rate journals based on their performance over the last three or four years). This means that journals that are less than four years old are usually still unrated, even if they are very hgh quality. We always look at the last completed rating.
There are several groups that rate academic journals, and the standard that the university administration has set is that a journal will be considered as Q1 if it is rated as such by all three of the following rating groups: Scopus, Scimago, and Web of Science/Clarivate. So, for example, if a journal is rated as Q1 by Scopus and Web of Science but rated as Q2 by Scimago, then it would not be eligible for support.
The steps to determine if a journal is rated as Q1 by each of these is slightly different, and is explained below.
To check a journal's ranking in Scopus, follow these steps:
In this case, you can see that Scopus has ranked "International Journal of Chemical Engineering" at the 48th percentile for the subject area of "General Chemical Engineering". This would mean that this is a Q2 journal, as rated by Scopus. Percentiles 100 to 75 are Q1, 74 to 50 are Q2, and so on.
To check a journal's ranking in Scimago, follow these steps:
To check a journal's ranking in Web of Science/Clarivate, follow these steps:
As you can see from this display, WoS/Clarivate ranks the "International Journal of Chemical Engineering" as Q3 for both 2019 and 2020.