CiteScore and Elsevier’s Book Series

As an editor for book series at Elsevier, I’m often asked to explain the differences between the content in a journal and a book series. Journals are key for researchers to access original research, they are written for experts by experts, and their content tends to be granular and high level. Book series provide a different service to users. They are intended to give an in-depth overview of a topic, offering lengthy review articles which include a full account of ‘past, present and future’ in a particular area.

Book series also detail how to use specific research tools and approaches for non-experts. If a researcher is new to a field, or working in an interdisciplinary area, book series are an ideal access point. They are written in a more accessible, easier to understand style, whilst still providing a comprehensive overview. And for experts using book series, all the information they need is in one place rather than searching for it within multiple journals. Book series are kept up-to-date with new volumes that have extremely fast production times, and article in press publication. All articles are commissioned and reviewed by a serial editor and volume editor, ensuring the quality and relevance of the content.

In late 2016, Elsevier launched an exciting new metric called CiteScore. This metric, together with the basket of other metrics powered by Scopus (including SNIP and SJR), offers an excellent way with which to measure the impact of our book series. CiteScore covers publications that publishe continuously, and measures citations during the course of three years. This shows the true value of book series, because it recognises the longevity of the content, with chapters regularly cited for many years after publication. CiteScore is a comprehensive offering, giving a detailed snapshot of performance as measured against other serial content within its category including journals. We are excited to announce that 31 of Elsevier’s book series are listed in Quartile 1 of their categories, with several listed in Quartile 1 of multiple categories and a further 28 book series are listed in Quartile 2 of their categories. This truly shows the value of the content we provide researchers, allowing them to get up to speed quickly, make new connections and gain a deep understand of the current state of research in any given area. These series represent some of the very best content being produced in their field, and are must-haves for any research institute.

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Poppy Garraway

Poppy Garraway | Associate Acquisition Editor, Elsevier Books Series
Poppy Garraway has worked at Elsevier for over 8 years performing several different roles, starting as an editorial assistant in the medical textbooks team. She is now an Associate Acquisitions Editor and commissions book series in Chemistry, Materials, Engineering and Physics. Her hobbies include reading (she evens runs a book club in her local pub), traveling, and walking around her home city, London.