The CiteScore™ metrics advantage
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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 2021 values available on June 8
With 11 years of metrics now available for a record 27,200+ titles in 332 disciplines, researchers can use CiteScore to help determine where to publish and showcase their research as well as identify serial titles to read. In the last 12 months, 4,356 titles have improved their CiteScore Percentile by 50% or more; your favorite journal could be among them. Check it now!
Using CiteScore metrics
As parts 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
- Validate tenure and promotion applications, as well as make publishing decisions
- 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.
CiteScore metrics: A family of eight metrics and useful features
An annual value that measures the citation impact of a title (i.e., journal, book series, conference proceeding or trade journal; includes special issues). Based on Scopus, it provides a measure of journal citation impact to 27,200 titles (in 2021), 15,300 more than the Impact Factor.
CiteScore metrics benefits
|Fairer comparison among journals||Focusing on typically peer-reviewed publications only||Excluding 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|
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.
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.
CiteScore metrics are freely available on Scopus
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Discover CiteScore metrics
CiteScore metrics are also available in SciVal and Pure, as well as integrated with ScienceDirect and Elsevier’s Journal Insights.
CiteScore metrics are supported by publishers
CiteScore is displayed on many journal homepages of publishers, including Springer-Nature, Taylor&Francis, Elsevier, Oxford University Press, MDPI, BMJ journals, SAGE, Walter de Gruyter, Hindawi, Emerald and IEEE.
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