Journal Citation Reports aggregates the meaningful connections of citations created by the research community through the delivery of a rich array of publisher-independent data, metrics and analysis of the world’s most impactful journals included in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), part of the Web of Science Core Collection.
Journal Citation Reports is the only journal report of its kind which is both complete and editorially selective; it contains all the data required to understand the components that index the value and impact of each journal. The structured data are curated by a global team of experts who continuously evaluate and select the collections of journals, books and conference proceedings covered in the Web of Science Core Collection to ensure accuracy in evaluating journal impact.
These expert insights give you the best understanding of the value and contribution of a journal to the research community using a wide range of data and metrics available in the Journal Citation Reports, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF).
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- Selectivity: Our database is maintained and updated to reflect the constant progression of research and scholarship. The 2019 edition includes 11,877 journals from over 80 countries, listed in 236 disciplines. Of the journals, 283 were listed for the first time.
- Structure: Careful management of the subject categories by which the journals are organized is essential to maintaining a logical content relationship within the category and to ensure that the categories are relevant to researchers and can accommodate new research areas. Three new categories were introduced in 2019: Quantum Science & Technology (SCIE), Development Studies (SSCI) and Regional & Urban Planning (SSCI).
- Inclusion standards: This year, seventeen journals have been suppressed from the Journal Citation Reports to ensure the integrity of the reports, representing 0.14% of the journals listed. The Journal Citation Reports is the only citation index which monitors and excludes journals that demonstrate anomalous citation behaviour including where there is evidence of excessive journal self-citation and citation stacking.
- Transparency: New interface shifts from journal metrics to journal intelligence offering richer data and greater transparency for comprehensive assessment.
New and updated features in 2019
- An enhanced AMR link service allows you to directly link to a Journal Profile Page and add this link to your own website.
- Print or download an entire Journal Profile Page via the ‘printable versions’ link.
- A breakdown of a journal’s “uncited items” per article and review, within the citation-distribution expanded view tile.