I have been told, and Memory Alpha confirms, that in Nemesis, Janeway is not only

an admiral

but also a very high-ranking one. How was this derived? I couldn't find it in the script. Is it something on the uniform?

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    In the script she's just described as an admiral; ADMIRAL KATHRYN JANEWAY appears on Picard's monitor. Janeway is the former captain of Voyager. Her new rank fits her well, she has lost none of her dry humor and down-to-earth charm which made her a household name and beloved cult figure. – Valorum Jan 23 at 0:50
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    in the official novelisation she's just described as an admiral; "Admiral Kathryn Janeway, former captain of the Voyager, looked hale and fit and completely comfortable in her new rank." – Valorum Jan 23 at 0:52
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    At least we can all be confident that Harry Kim is still an Ensign. – fluffysheap Jan 23 at 18:37
  • @Fluffysheap - Sorry to disappoint but he got promoted as soon as they came back to Earth. – Valorum Jan 31 at 18:02

In the film she's wearing the 'three pips inside a box' rank insignia of a Starfleet Vice Admiral, a rank that's two steps above Captain, one step above Rear Admiral and one step below Admiral.

Janeway with rank insignia visible, throwing three pips inside a box

Note that Starfleet ranks are nebulous at best. Suffice to say she's Picard's boss and a replacement for Admiral Nacheyev in giving Picard crappy orders.

In various EU works she's noted to be a Vice Admiral;

Kathryn Janeway reveals her career in Starfleet, from her first command to her epic journey through the Delta Quadrant leading to her rise to the top as vice-admiral in Starfleet Command. Discover the story of the woman who travelled further than any human ever had before, stranded decades from home, encountering new worlds and species.

The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway

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