Journal Citation Reports

Assess the world’s leading journals with publisher-neutral data​.

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Journal Citation Reports™ (JCR) provides you with the transparent, publisher-neutral data and statistics you need to make confident decisions in today’s evolving scholarly publishing landscape, whether you’re submitting your first manuscript or managing a portfolio of thousands of publications.

Quickly understand a journal’s role within and influence upon the global research community by exploring a rich array of citation metrics, including the Journal Impact Factor™ (JIF), alongside descriptive data about a journal’s open access content and contributing authors.

What sets us apart?


In order to make good decisions, you need information that you can trust. Journal Citation Reports is the only journal report of its kind produced by publisher-neutral experts, providing you with unbiased journal statistics trusted by over 9,000 institutions worldwide. Journal Citation Reports journal profiles aggregate publication and citation data sourced from the Web of Science Core Collection™, the world’s original citation index for scientific and scholarly research.


Researching which journals to submit or subscribe to can be time consuming. Each journal profiled in the Journal Citation Reports has met the rigorous quality standards documented in the Web of Science Core Collection editorial selection process so that you can quickly find a list of the most influential journals in your field.

Quality control

Web of Science™ monitors and excludes journals that demonstrate predatory behavior; journals in Journal Citation Reports are subject to additional analysis to detect abnormal citation activity. Journals displaying evidence of excessive self-citation and citation stacking are suppressed from Journal Citation Reports to ensure the integrity of the reports.

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Offering you far more than just a number, Journal Citation Reports journal profiles summarize a journal’s place in the network of scholarly communications so that you can make better informed, confident decisions. View the relationship between article and journal citations with visualizations and linked data alongside descriptive open access statistics to understand the relative contribution of open access articles to a journal’s overall volume of content and citations.

Publishers and editors

Make confident business decisions ─ understand how your journals are performing and benchmark them against others in their discipline.


Make confident collection management decisions ─ understand which journals are the most important to your institution's and researchers’ success.


Make confident decisions about where to submit your manuscript ─ use Journal Citation Reports as a definitive list and guide to discover and select the most appropriate journals to read and publish your research findings.

Using the Journal Impact Factor wisely

Web of Science 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

  • InCites™ – Essential 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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