CiteScore metrics updated with 2016 annual values

Improvements to CiteScore include greater transparency and clarity

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In December, Scopus launched CiteScore metrics, a set of simple, reproducible journal metrics that cover all journals in Scopus.

Today, CiteScore has been updated with the 2016 annual values.

Because CiteScore Tracker allows users to monitor the progress of the CiteScore 2016 metrics each month, the annual values should not come as a surprise. This monthly update has eliminated the need to wait until mid-year to see how a journal performed the prior year.

Since December, we have made a number of improvements to CiteScore based on user feedback. Most significantly, we have added complete transparency to the metrics so users can validate any CiteScore value by clicking into the numerator (citations) and denominator (documents) to view the underlying papers used for the calculation. Both Scopus subscribers and non-subscribers are able to access CiteScore metrics and their underlying data (the main difference being that only Scopus subscribers can export the data; non-subscribers cannot).

You can read about additional improvements here.

Since its release, other publishers have begun to adopt CiteScore. Dr. Philippe Terheggen, Elsevier’s Managing Director of Science, Technical and Medical Journals, spoke about its benefits:

CiteScore allows my team to monitor our journal’s performance throughout the year, lessening the need to wait until mid-year to see how a journal performed the prior year. No debate is required about the underlying numbers: the number of citations and the number of articles are transparent numbers. Good things are sometimes simple. Journal metrics are important for our authors when they consider submitting an article.

His team continues to advocate using journal metrics only for the assessment of journals – not individual researchers.

CiteScore metrics are part of a basket of metrics available in Scopus supporting a holistic view of research performance. They include journal-, author-, institutional- and article-level metrics.

We developed CiteScore to help researchers decide where to publish and what to read, to help librarians and information specialists manage their collections, to enable institutional leaders to showcase their published research and evaluate research strategy, and to give publishers a unique method to measure the performance of their titles and portfolios.

Expanding options in journal metrics

When it was launched in December, CiteScore joined the basket of metrics as a journal level metric (complementary to SNIP and SJR). Elsevier has also acquired Plum Analytics – the most comprehensive source of alternative metrics – to tell an even more complete story of how research is being measured.

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 Elsevier.com: Access CiteScore metrics for more than 2,500 journals published by Elsevier.

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Written by

Andrew Plume, PhD

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Andrew Plume, PhD

Dr. Andrew Plume specializes in applying scientometric techniques (the scientific qualification and analysis of science) to market and competitive intelligence in scholarly publishing. From the lowest levels of aggregation, such as individual authors and articles, through to entire countries and subject domains, Andrew studies the growth and development of the scholarly literature by analyzing patterns of publications, citations and related indicators. Andrew frequently presents these topics to journal editors, learned and scholarly societies, and the publishing community.

After receiving his PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Queensland, Australia, and conducting post-doctoral research at Imperial College London, Andrew joined Elsevier in 2004. He has co-authored research and review articles in the peer-reviewed literature and was a member of the editorial board of Research Trends (published 2007-14).

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Wim Meester, PhD

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Wim Meester, PhD

Dr. Wim Meester is Head of Product Management for Scopus. He received his MSc and PhD in chemistry from the University of Amsterdam. He spent two years at Harvard Medical School as a postdoc, before making the change from being an active researcher to a program manager for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2006, Wim joined Elsevier as a publisher for the Animal Science and Forensic Science journal programs. In 2010, he joined the Scopus team, where he is now responsible for Scopus content strategy and how it meets the needs of customers in the academic, government and corporate market segments. In addition, he manages the independent, international Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB) and strategic partnerships with relevant research organizations and third-party publishers.

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Chris James

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Chris James

As a Product Manager for Research Metrics at Elsevier, Chris James  is responsible for developing and rolling out various research metrics across Elsevier’s Research Intelligence product portfolio. He was part of the team that launched CiteScore metrics in December 2016.

Since joining Elsevier in Amsterdam in 2004, he has held roles in the company’s sales and product marketing teams. Early in his career, he was responsible for training Elsevier customers across Northern Europe on ScienceDirect and Scopus. More recently, Chris led the product marketing activities of SciVal, Elsevier’s flagship metrics tool to visualize and benchmark research performance. Prior to joining Elsevier, he worked at an engineering consultancy in the UK. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Sunderland.

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Rachel McCullough

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Rachel McCullough

As Product Marketing Manager for Scopus, Rachel McCullough focuses on how Scopus and the broader Research Intelligence portfolio work together to meet customers’ needs. Since joining Elsevier in 2010, she has developed a deep understanding of metrics and how institutions and researchers use them. She has extensive experience training librarians, researchers and administrators in using Scopus together with the other products of the Research Intelligence portfolio.

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