Journal Citation Reports

Every journal has a story to tell

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.

The 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 enable you to explore the key drivers of a journal’s value, making better use of the wide body of data and metrics available in the Journal Citation Reports, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF).

New and improved features

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 service allows subscribing organizations to directly link to the journal profile page and promote this link from their website(s).
  • Users can print/download the entire journal profile page via the “printable version” link.
  • The addition of new graphs to show both the journal’s percentile rank in a category by Journal Citation Reports year within the Journal Impact Factor tile, and key indicator metrics for a journal from within the journal profile page.
  • Users can now review a breakdown of a journal’s “uncited items” per article and review, within the citation distribution expanded view tile.
  • Who is it for?

    The citation data, impact metrics and indicators contained within the Journal Citation Reports, are a vital resource for the entire research community: publishers, librarians, funders, institutions and individual academics.

  • Publishers and editors

    Understand how your journals are performing and benchmark them against others in their discipline.

  • Librarians

    Understand which journals are the most important to your institutions and researchers’ success.

  • Researchers

    Use the Journal Citation Reports as a definitive list and guide to discover and select the most appropriate journals to read and publish your research findings.

  • Research managers and information analysts

    Track bibliometric and citation patterns to support strategy and funding decisions, as well as highlighting your institution’s impact in the research community.

Using the Journal Impact Factor wisely

The Web of Science Group does not depend on the Journal Impact Factor alone in assessing the usefulness of a journal, and neither should anyone else. The Journal Impact Factor should not be used without careful attention to the many phenomena that influence citation rates, as for example the average number of references cited in the average article. The Journal Impact Factor should be used with informed peer review. In the case of academic evaluation for tenure it is sometimes inappropriate to use the impact of the source journal to estimate the expected frequency of a recently published article. Again, the Journal Impact Factor should be used with informed peer review. Citation frequencies for individual articles are quite varied.

Journal Citation Reports now includes more article-level data to provide a clearer understanding of the reciprocal relationship between the article and the journal. This level of transparency allows you to not only see the data but see through the data to a more nuanced consideration of journal value.

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