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Revamped journal visuals offer greater insight into journal performance

Our Journal Insights tool now offers increased information on metrics, publication speed and 'reach' for participating titles

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We know that when searching for the right home for your research, you aren’t just interested in standard information such as Aims & Scope – you also want data on the performance of that journal.

To help meet that need, around two years ago we developed the Journal Insights tool, which brings together several important journal indicators on a journal’s homepage.

Based on your positive feedback and suggestions, we have continued to develop the technology and are now happy to announce some additions to the information provided.

Journal Insights podHow to find Journal Insights

The and Health Advance homepages of all journals participating in the project (and the number has now reached 1,500) feature the ‘Journal Insights’ image to the left. 

Clicking on the image brings you to a landing page where you can select data visualizations of three key groups of metrics developed to aid your decision making – Impact, Speed and Reach. Please note, not all journals may have all metrics available.

To view Journal Insights information, you will need an HTML5-compatible browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 9 or higher.


Until recently, you could choose to view definitions, graphs, and relevant supporting data for the following five metrics:

What has changed?

We have now added a sixth option - Acceptance Rate. This displays the percentage of all articles submitted to that journal in a calendar year accepted for publication that year. Both the number of submitted articles and the number of accepted articles are shown.

Please note, the 2014 datasets for Impact will be added around July, when Scopus and Thomson Reuters release their latest metrics.



The metrics provided are:

  • Review Speed: The average number of weeks an article spends in the review process. Two key periods are highlighted:
    • From manuscript submission to the initial decision on the article.
    • From manuscript submission to the final decision to accept.
  • Online Article Publication Time: The average number of weeks required for an article to appear online. Two key periods are highlighted:
    • From manuscript acceptance to the first appearance of the article online (with DOI).
    • From manuscript acceptance to the final appearance online of the fully paginated article.

What has changed?

Journals can now choose to exclude special issue articles – which can take longer to produce than an average journal article – from the Online Article Publication Time metric. If they have chosen this option, it will be made clear on the page. 2014 data has also been added.



Originally called ‘Authors’, this section displays a world map indicating the number of primary corresponding authors at the country level over the past five years.

What has changed?

The author map remains and we have added a world map displaying the number of full-text downloads from ScienceDirect on a country level over the past five years (if available). 2014 data has also been added.


Author biography

Hans ZijlstraHans Zijlstra works as a Marketing Project Manager in Elsevier’s Marketing Communications & Researcher Engagement department in Amsterdam. He is responsible for projects focusing on journal and article metrics with the aim of improving our service to authors. He joined Elsevier in 1996 and held various marketing positions before leaving to take on roles in mail order, telecom, finance and sailing. He returned to Elsevier in 2008.

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