May 28, 2022

A Look Inside the 2015 Journal Citation Reports & JCR Infographic

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Thomson Reuters has now released the 2015 Journal Citation Report (4oth Annual). Here’s the formal announcement.

TR also recently released this infographic about the process that goes into releasing the JCR numbers each year. We’ve also included a copy of it at the bottom of this post.

Phil Davis on The Scholarly Kitchen provides a look inside the numbers that are being released today.

He writes:

Later today (June 18, 2015), the 2014 edition of the Journal Citation Report (JCR) will be released, listing citation performance metrics for 11,149 journals. While the JCR calculates many different citation-based metrics, most editors and publishers will be chiefly interested in just one single metric–the Journal Impact Factor (JIF).


This year, 272 journals will receive their first Impact Factor. The JCR will also suppress 39 titles –29 for high rates of self-citation and 10 for “citation stacking,” a behavior that resembles a citation cartel. Suppression from the JCR lasts one year and requires reevaluation before a journal is relisted. Fifty-three percent of journals will receive an increase in their Impact Factor from last year.

The article goes on to discuss two new metrics being added to the 2014 Journal Citation Reports.

Read the Complete Article (546 Words)


Source: Thomson Reuters

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