CiteScore™ metrics you can verify and trust
CiteScore metrics deliver greater insight into research impact and influence. Calculated using data from Scopus, CiteScore metrics help you evaluate journals, book series, conference proceedings and trade journals to empower well-informed decisions. CiteScore metrics enrich the evaluation of serial titles and provide transparent data to help you measure the citation impact for journals, book series, conference proceedings and trade journals.
Powered by Scopus and its 28,100+ active titles from 7000+ publishers across 333 disciplines, CiteScore provides transparent metrics that enable well-informed publishing strategy, library collection development and benchmarking of journal performance. More titles are being frequently added and tracked, with the freely available metrics.
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Using CiteScore metrics
As part of a multi-dimensional array of metrics, CiteScore metrics can help to:
Discover titles to create reading lists
Acquire evidence about title relevance to and performance in a field
Check the performance of one or more titles and decide where to submit an article for publication
Analyze the citation impact of titles to be used in library acquisition decisions, or for determining publication/portfolio strategies
Determine research impact in a given field
Additionally, publishers and editors can monitor the performance of a title or a portfolio of titles, as well as monitor publishing trends among competing titles.
Golden rules for research metrics
Elsevier supports responsible research assessment. When used correctly, research metrics – together with qualitative input – give a balanced, multi-dimensional view for decision-making.
Always use both qualitative and quantitative input into your decisions.
Always use more than one research metric as your quantitative input.
Gather more insights by comparing sources
Whether you want to decide where to submit your article for publication, evaluate your library collection or track the performance of your journal portfolio, comparing sources in Scopus is also freely available for you to use.
CiteScore metrics benefits
Fair comparison among journals
Focus on primarily peer-reviewed publications only
Exclude influence of non-peer reviewed article types
Easier access to underlying data
Robust, stable assessment of journals
Within the journal citation impact, older articles get their fuller citation impact
More robust assessment of citations to publications after their initial publication date
Longer citation window
Early citation impact indication for new titles (often open access)
New journals receive the first indication of their citation impact 1 year earlier (compared with the old CiteScore methodology)
More journals can be compared globally
Helps new journals demonstrate the citation impact of their publications sooner
Complies with the responsible metric principles of the Leiden Manifesto and DORA
Principle 4: Data collection and analytical processes should be open, transparent and simple
Principle 5: Titles evaluated must be allowed to verify data and analysis The underlying CiteScore data are freely available for verification purposes without a subscription to Scopus
Principle 10 of the Leiden Manifesto: Indicators must be scrutinized regularly and updated if necessaryCiteScore was launched in 2016; by 2020, we had revised the methodology based on expert and user feedback
Freely available on Scopus
Get free access to CiteScore metrics on Scopus.
Learn more about all the available Scopus metrics.
CiteScore metrics on other Elsevier products
CiteScore metrics are embedded in our SciVal, Pure and ScienceDirect platforms, as well as available for free via Elsevier’s Journal Insights(opens in new tab/window).
Supported by publishers
25+ publishers including Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, Oxford University Press, MDPI, BMJ Journals, SAGE, Walter de Gruyter, Hindawi, Emerald and IEEE, display CiteScore on their journal homepages.
As a publisher, are you interested in adding a CiteScore to your site? See our documentation and available APIs(opens in new tab/window).