Marie McVeigh

Head of Editorial Integrity, Clarivate

Adding Early Access content to Journal Citation Reports: choosing a prospective model

Continuing our discussion of Early Access (EA) content and its planned appearance in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR)™, here we explain why we have chosen a phased, prospective approach to introduce EA content in 2021. For the past three years, Clarivate has been expanding the number of publishers and journals that have their early access […]

Metaphor and Metrics

Instead of a basket, or a tide, let’s talk about metrics as mosaic.   Images influence how we think.  That’s why metaphors matter.  They can clarify and improve our understanding of complex concepts.  They can both reflect and shape our attitudes. The metaphors of journal metrics started with “impact.” Impact[1]:       a : to […]

Learning from history: Understanding the origin of the JCR

This article is part of a 2018 JCR blog series exploring journal metrics, history, transparency, and features​. See more in this series. For the past decade or so, the annual release of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) has led to a frenzy of discussion about the Journal Impact Factors (JIF), their meaning, value, increase or […]

Counting is easy; metrics are difficult

In assessment and metrics, it is increasingly the case that anyone can produce a count: a count of views, a count of shares, a count of comments, a count of downloads from this site or from that repository, a count of link-outs and link-backs and social activity.