Tag Archives: impact factor

Google Scholar is a serious alternative to Web of Science

(16 March 2016) Many bibliometricians and university administrators remain wary of Google Scholar citation data, preferring “the gold standard” of Web of Science instead. Anne-Wil Harzing, who developed the Publish or Perish software that uses Google Scholar data, sets out to challenge some of the misconceptions about this data source and explain why it offers […]


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Controversial impact factor gets a heavyweight rival

(8 December 2016) Elsevier’s CiteScore uses a larger database — and provides different results for the quality of journals. Richard Van Noorden writes in Nature that one of science’s most contentious metrics has a flashy new rival. On 8 December, publishing giant Elsevier launched the CiteScore index to assess the quality of academic journals. Although […]


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New metrics from Elsevier will make journal assessment more complete and transparent

CiteScore metrics are calculated using Scopus data for over 22,200 journal titles in 330 disciplines. The largest discipline is General Medicine, with 1,549 titles. (8 December 2016)  In response to academia’s call for metrics that provide a broader, more transparent view of an academic journal’s citation impact, Scopus has developed a set of metrics that […]


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Rapid growth in high-quality research outputs shows China is consolidating position as scientific powerhouse

(27 July 2016) The Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement identifies the countries and institutions showing the most significant growth in high-quality research publications, using the power of the Nature Index, which tracks the research of more than 8,000 global institutions. These are the players to watch. It shows that Chinese institutions are leading the […]


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ACS journals most cited

(18 June 2016) The 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) from Thomson Reuters reaffirm that ACS journals are again the most cited and/or impactful in 14 scientific categories, including 6 core chemistry categories. Key highlights from the data include: ACS journals are #1 in Impact Factor or citations in 6 core chemistry categories: Analytical, Applied, Inorganic & […]


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Thomson Reuters unveils 2016 ranking of most influential scientific journals

More than 11,000 journals in 81 counties receive their Journal Impact Factor (13 June 2016, Alexandria, Va.) The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced the 2016 update of its Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), the world’s most influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of annual journal metrics, including the Journal Impact […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 16: The much maligned Journal Impact Factor

By Ruth A. Pagell* (12 January 2016) Citation counts are core bibliometric indicators used by rankers to measure scholarly impact and administrators to measure faculty output. Questions that follow are: Is being cited enough, or do you have to be cited in a high impact source? And if a “high impact” source is desired, how […]


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2014 Journal Impact Factors

(18 June 2015) The 2014 edition of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) was released 18 June 2015. In an article for  the scholarly kitchen,  Phil Davis comments on the Journal Impact Factor noting that 272 journals will receive their first Impact Factor. He also describes two new complementary calculations: the JIF Percentile and the Normalized […]


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China must restructure its academic incentives to curb research fraud

(7 April 2015) “The idealised view of science as the curiosity-driven pursuit of knowledge to understand and improve the world around us has been tarnished,” write Scott Edmunds and Rob Davidson. “Recent news tells of systematic fraud and mass retraction of research papers from the Chinese academic system, and allegations of attempts to game the […]


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Do Open Access journals have impact?

(26 May 2014) James Pringle, Vice President, ISI, says ‘Our observations yield some useful lessons. Open Access journals can have similar impact to other journals, and prospective authors should not fear publishing in these journals merely because of their access model. Furthermore, it does not appear that expansion of potential readership in itself will necessarily transform […]


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Journals from IOP Publishing show impact factor growth for the ninth year running

(20 Jun 2013, Bristol, UK) The 2012 Impact Factors, published by Thomson Reuters, once again show growth for many of the journals published by IOP Publishing (IOP) for the ninth year running. This year, 33 of the titles published by IOP have seen an increase in citations from last year. Additionally, 26 titles have had […]


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Wiley trials alternative metrics on subscription and open access articles

(20 May 2013) John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has launched a trial of Altmetric, a service that tracks and measures the impact of scholarly articles and datasets on both traditional and social media. The six month trial will run on a number of subscription and open access journals published by Wiley including Advanced Materials, Angewandte […]


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The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

(21 May 2013) On Friday 17th May 2013 DORA, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, launched. DORA, initiated by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) together with a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals, is about the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated, […]


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