Journal Citation Reports

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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 that 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).

Our network includes:

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    11,877 indexed journals
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    236 disciplines
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    81 countries/regions
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    2.3 million articles, reviews and other source items

What sets us apart?

Selectivity

Our database is maintained and updated to reflect the constant progression of research and scholarship, allowing researchers to explore new fields and see what earlier research influences and impacts on evolving fields. 

Structure

The careful management of the subject categories by which the journals are organized is essential to maintaining a logical content relationship within the category. This curation ensures that the categories are relevant to researchers and accommodate new research areas. 

Certainty

Web of Science is the original citation index that monitors and excludes journals that demonstrate predatory behavior, including where there is evidence of excessive self-citation and citation stacking. Seventeen journals were suppressed from the Journal Citations Reports in 2019 to ensure the integrity of the reports, representing 0.14% of the journals listed.

Read our Editorial expression of concern.

Transparency

New interface shifts from journal metrics to journal intelligence offer richer data and greater transparency for comprehensive assessment. These additional insights help researchers, publishers, editors, librarians and funders to explore the key drivers of a journal’s value for diverse audiences, making better use of the data and metrics from Web of Science.

Who is the Journal Citation Reports for?

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 institution’s and researchers’ success.

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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. Highlight 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 – 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 also see through the data to a more nuanced consideration of journal value. 

Subscription options

  • InCitesEssential Science Indicators and Journal Citation Reports are both included in your InCites subscription
  • Journal Evaluation and Highly Cited Data – a bundle that includes both Essential Science Indicators and Journal Citation Reports

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