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CiteScore™ metrics you can verify and trust

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. This comprehensive, clear and current system of metrics for analysis can be accessed for free on Scopus. 

Powered by Scopus with 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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CiteScore explainer video

Explore the benefits of using CiteScore metrics for evaluating scholarly publications and view how CiteScore works.

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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.

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CiteScore metrics 2023 insights

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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.

  1. Always use both qualitative and quantitative input into your decisions.

  2. Always use more than one research metric as your quantitative input.

Learn more about how Elsevier supports responsible research assessment

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.

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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

(among others)

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

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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 Insightsopens 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.

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