Selected, structured and complete data in the Web of Science provide rich insights into the contribution and value of the world’s most impactful scientific and research journals
London, 20th June 2019: The Web of Science Group, part of Clarivate Analytics, released?the 2019 update to its annual Journal Citation Reports?(JCR)?today. The 2019 release 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 high-quality?academic journals.
The JCR 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 as it captures all citations to the journal – including non-article materials such as editorials and policy-relevant comment. It also allows the status of a publication in that journal to be better interpreted,?as it captures and?highlights?the network of references that connect one journal with another whilst identifying the key stakeholders – at institutional and international level – who lead that journal’s community.
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 enable researchers, publishers, editors, librarians and funders to explore the key drivers of a journal’s value for diverse audiences, making better use of the wide body of data and metrics available in the JCR, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF).
- The journals selected for inclusion: The database is maintained and updated to reflect the ceaseless progression of research and scholarship, allowing researchers to explore new fields and see what earlier research influences and impacts evolving fields.
- This year 283 journals have been added,108 of which are?fully?open access. The?JCR?report reflects?cover-to-cover indexing of 2.3?million articles, reviews and other source items. The 11,877 journals hail from 81 countries?across five continents.
- New categories added: 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.
- Thereport covers 236?disciplines, including the introduction of three new ones: Quantum Science & Technology (SCIE), Development Studies (SSCI) and Regional & Urban Planning?(SSCI).
- Cleansing of the list: Seventeen journals have been suppressed from the JCR this year to ensure the integrity of the reports, representing 0.14% of the journals? The JCR is the only citation index which monitors and excludes?journals that demonstrate anomalous citation behavior including where there is evidence of?excessive?journal self-citation and citation stacking.
- New features added: The 2019 updateincludes new benefits which?build on the?innovations from 2018,?which delivered richer, more detailed information to enhance users’ understanding of journal performance.?We continuously improve our Journal Profile Page to emphasize our story around Journal Intelligence. For this 2019 release we have added:
- An enhanced Article Match Retrieval link serviceso publishers can?directly link to the Journal profile page and?promote?this link on their website(s)
- The ability to print/download the entire Journal profile page via the “Printable version” links
- New graphs to show boththe Journal’s percentile rank in a category by JCR year within the Journal Impact Factor Tile?and?key indicator metrics for a journal from within the Journal profile Page
- A view of the breakdown of the “Uncited items” per article and the ability to view the Cited and Citing Journal Data in new JCR profile page.
The citation data, impact and influence metrics, and indicators contained within the JCR, are a vital resource for?the entire research community:?publishers, librarians,?funders, institutions and individual?academics. Publishers use the JCR to?understand how their journals are performing, and to benchmark them?against?others in?their?discipline.?Librarians use?it?to?understand?which journals are the most important to their?institutions and?researchers’ success and work,?and?which journals to subscribe to.?The JCR is used by researchers as a definitive list and guide?to discover and select the most appropriate journals to read and in which to publish?their research findings.
Keith Collier, Managing Director Publisher Services?at?the Web of Science Group said: “Each year, millions of scholarly articles are published containing tens of millions of citations. Each citation is a meaningful connection between two pieces of research, showing how research connects.
“The JCR takes all of this selective, structured and comprehensive citation data and delivers it to the research community, so that they can make better?decisions, leading to better outcomes.?The journal selection that underpins the JCR is informed by more than fifty years’ experience of developing a citation index of substantive value, which cannot be matched. This value is founded on a proven and trusted selection?process as?the journals included?are chosen?on criteria that are balanced across research cultures and regional domains, and on complete indexing of all documents that should be included and none that should be excluded. This meticulous attention and care is why the JCR has stood the test of time, to become part of the fabric of the research society.”
Visit the?Journal Citation Reports??website? to explore all data, metrics, and analysis available.
Only journals that are selected for SCIE and SSCI are listed in the Journal Citation Reports.
Director of External Communications, Web of Science Group
About Web of Science Group
Web of Science Group organizes the world’s research information to enable academia, corporations, publishers and governments accelerate the pace of research. ?It is powered by the Web of Science – the world’s largest publisher-neutral citation index and research intelligence platform. Its many well-known brands also include?Converis, EndNote,?Kopernio, Publons,?ScholarOne?and the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).?The Web of Science Group is a Clarivate Analytics Plc?(NYSE: CCC; CCC.WS)?company.?www.webofsciencegroup.com. @webofscience
About Clarivate Analytics
Clarivate Analytics plc (NYSE:CCC; CCC.WS) is a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation. Clarivate has built some of the most trusted brands across the innovation lifecycle, including the Web of Science,?Cortellis, Derwent,?CompuMark,?MarkMonitor?and?Techstreet. Today, Clarivate is on a bold entrepreneurial mission to help our clients reduce the time from new ideas to life-changing innovations. For more information, please visit?www.imiokt.live.
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