CiteScore highlights top-cited journals neglected by other metrics

CiteScore is the only metric for more than 200 top-quality academic journals from numerous publishers

An overview of CiteScore.

For more than 200 top-quality academic journals, CiteScore is the only metric they currently have to show their impact and guide their exceptional work.

Metrics are an important tool to determine editorial choices when editing research journals and managing their role in their respective fields.

Analysis by Elsevier has identified 216 journals from 70 publishers to be in the top 10 percent of the most-cited journals in their subject category with no critical journal metric other than CiteScore. CiteScore is the only fast and readily available metric to allow these journals to be recognized as highly-influential publications.

“Transparent, quick and up-to-date journal metrics are critical for editors to manage their journals, for authors when submitting research articles, and for librarians when making purchasing decisions,” said Dr. Philippe Terheggen, Managing Director for STM Journals at Elsevier. “As the only metrics these high-quality journals have, CiteScore is providing a very valuable service to help raise their profile.”

Each of the 216 journals has been published 45 times or more in the past three years. Taylor & Francis is the publishing house with the highest number of journals in the top 10 percent for their subject areas that only benefit from a CiteScore; Elsevier is second (28 journals); and Springer Nature third (20 journals). A full list of publishers and the number of journals is included in Elsevier’s press release.

CiteScore metrics were launched by Scopus in December 2016 in response to academia’s call for metrics that provide a broader, more transparent view of an academic journal’s citation impact. They are part of a “basket of metrics” available on Scopus (including journal, author, institutional, and article-level metrics), supporting a holistic view of research performance. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books, conference proceedings and trade publications.

+11,00 titles with a CiteScore 2016 and no Journal Impact Factor (2016)

CiteScore metrics

CiteScore continues to be increasingly comprehensive, current, transparent and free:

  • Comprehensive: CiteScore 2016 is available for 22,600+ active titles in Scopus. CiteScore is available for all types of active serial titles on Scopus – peer-reviewed journals, book series, conference proceedings and trade journals, in 330 disciplines.
  • Current: CiteScore Tracker allows you to track how the current year’s CiteScore is building each month, giving a good indication of what the following year’s value will be eliminated the need to wait until mid-year to see how a journal performed last year
  • Transparent: CiteScore now gives complete transparency into the underlying data by allowing users (regardless of whether you have a Scopus subscription) to click into the numerator (citations) and denominator (documents). Simple to replicate, the calculations for CiteScore metrics are straightforward with no secret algorithms or hidden details to influence results.
  • Free: CiteScore metrics, including access to the underlying data, continue to be free to access without a Scopus subscription in the following ways.

Where to find CiteScore metrics

  • The journal metrics website: Search and filter features let you explore the full range of CiteScore metrics for a group of journals (such as open access journals), a subject category or a publisher view. You can also download the complete set of CiteScore metrics as an Excel file.
  • Search for titles on Scopus and access individual source profile pages.
  • Journal Homepages on Access CiteScore metrics for more than 2,500 journals published by Elsevier.

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David Tucker
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David Tucker

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David Tucker

David Tucker manages communications for Elsevier’s Research Products. David is passionate about science, technology and the role communications plays at the intersection of both. He’s been a PR professional for over 15 years and has managed communications for several global organizations, including GSK, Barclays and Microsoft. He works out of Elsevier’s offices in London.

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