CiteScore metrics updated with 2016 annual values

Improvements to CiteScore include greater transparency and clarity


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

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