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 are free to access and easy to calculate. CiteScore metrics are comprehensive, transparent and current and help to analyze where research is published. They reveal the citation impact of over 22,000 academic journals in 330 disciplines.
With the introduction of CiteScore metrics, anyone interested in research can easily access a collection of transparent and reproducible metrics across the broadest collection of journals to review their performance. The integration of these metrics into Scopus gives a comprehensive insight into the citation performance of twice as many journals than have an Impact Factor.
A CiteScore is the average citations received per document published by the journal. Specifically, it is the number of citations a journal receives in one year to documents published in the three previous years, divided by the number of documents indexed in Scopus published in those same three years. For example, the 2015 CiteScore counts the citations received in 2015 to documents published in 2012, 2013 or 2014, and divides this by the number of documents indexed in Scopus published in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
CiteScore metrics are a family of eight complementary indicators listed below. You can find out more about the individual indicators on the Scopus Journal Metrics website.