Journal Insights project

Journal visualization project benefits from new changes

Hans ZijlstraBack in the March edition of Editors’ Update, we discussed the newly-launched Journal Insights project in the article Increased Transparency benefits both authors and journals.

The and Health Advance homepages of all journals participating in the project (and the number has now reached 850) feature a new section, ‘Journal Insights’. Authors clicking on this link arrive at a landing page where they can select data visualizations of three key groups of metrics, developed to aid their decision making. When the project pilot was launched earlier this year, those three metrics were:

  • Quality - Graphs displaying the Impact Factor, five-year Impact Factor, Article Influence and Eigenfactor, SNIP and SJR.
  • Speed – Graphical representations of both the average review speed for the journal over a five-year period and the online article publication time (also known as production speed).
  • Authors - A detailed world map allows viewers to swiftly identify the geographical distribution of (corresponding) authors who have published in the journal within the past five years.

We have continued to work on improving the information displayed. Below I have outlined some recent changes which take on board lessons learned during the pilot phase and your early feedback.

  • The metric ‘Quality’ has undergone a name change – it is now referred to as Impact.
  • The Journal Insights homepage now offers an overview containing links to the individual metrics available in each category.
  • There is a new, simplified visualization of SNIP (Source-Normalized Impact per Paper) – Relative Database Potential (RDP) has been replaced by the Raw Impact per Paper (RIP), in the 5-year historical overview the highest value has a full circle and all lower values in the 4 years relate to that visually. RIP provides an interesting alternative to the Thomson Impact Factor, because it is based on Scopus data. 2012 data has also been added to SNIP.
  • Visualizations of the Article Influence & Eigenfactor and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) have also been updated. Additionally, SJR now includes 2012 data.
  • Changes have been made to the design to aid search engine optimization (SEO).
  • A new drop down menu has been created in the top bar to make navigation easier.

An example of the Journal Insights pod, which can be found on the journal homepage of participating journals.


For 2014, we would like to add new datasets and visualizations and we will further improve the interface on the basis of author feedback. But we have to be realistic too: there is no such thing as a perfect dataset. That is why not all journals can display all metrics. Also the fact that Journal Insights was built in HTML5 language is still an issue for some old browser versions. HTML5 is optimized for mobile devices but does not display very well in Internet Explorer 8 or lower. Fortunately access via this browser is diminishing and currently comprises less than 10% of our traffic.

Feedback appreciated!

We want to continue improving – if there are changes you would like to suggest, please contact me at And if you would like to see the Journal Insights information introduced on your journal homepage, please contact your publisher or marketing manager.

Example of an journal homepage displaying the Journal Insights pod

Example of a journal homepage on our Health Advance platform displaying the Journal Insights pod

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