Serial impact factors

Impact factors are a useful metric for understanding the quality and influence of a serial publication. Impact Factor measures both the number of articles and the number of citations reflecting the average number of times an article within that publication has been cited. It also categorises and ranks journals by subject area. Once a year new impact factors are announced based on the data from the previous 3 years. Here at Elsevier, it’s not just the journals team that look forward to this announcement but the book series team too.

Many of Elsevier’s book series have been publishing alongside our journals for decades. They publish longer review articles which have proven to be a valuable asset to researchers that are well used and highly cited. As the editor of the book series Advances in Clinical Chemistry Gregory Makowski puts it “Typical review article type publications tend to be shorter, not as broad, don’t provide in-depth perspective that can be obtained with a more comprehensive review.” Several book series have respectable impact factors and rank highly in their journal categories. In the most recent Impact Factor announcement the book series accomplished:

Whilst Impact Factor is the most used and well established metric, in recent years others have begun to gain traction. These include Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), Impact per Publication (IPP), and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) all using powerful Scopus data to identify top performers. These all help to build a more complete picture of the quality of a publication. The book series editors also use Scopus data to identify authoritative researchers to write on key growth topics in their research areas. Using this approach helps to ensure current and impactful publications.

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Contributed by:

Poppy Garraway

Poppy Garraway, Associate Acquisition Editor, Elsevier Books
An investigation of Impact Factors—what they are and how they are measured for book serials. Plus a review of Elsevier’s top ranked Book Series.