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.

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15,700+ titles have CiteScore 2022, yet no Journal Impact Factor 2021

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.

    1. Always use both qualitative and quantitative input into your decisions
    2. 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.

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    CiteScore metrics benefits

    Fairer comparison among journalsFocusing on typically peer-reviewed publications onlyExcluding influence of non-peer reviewed article typesEasier access to underlying data
    Robust, stable assessment of journals

    Within the journal citation impact, older articles get their fuller citation impactMore robust assessment of citations to publications after their initial publication dateLonger 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 globallyHelps 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 simplePrinciple 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.

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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 Insights.

    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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