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Journal Citation Reports: new look and content

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17 juli 2018

The Journal Citation Reports (JCR) has been updated and it also has a new interface. You can use the JCR to look up Journal Impact Factors and journal rankings.

Each year, Clarivate Analytics publishes the Journal Citation Reports (JCR): a collection of journal impact metrics, based on Web of Science citation data. Researchers mostly use the JCR to look up the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and a journal's ranking. But there is more to discover now that the JCR interface has been updated. We outline its new features.

Updates

JIF development

Each JCR journal profile page opens with the journal’s latest JIF and a graph of how the JIF has changed over the last five years. Note: it sometimes takes awhile for the graph to load.

Citation distribution

You can now also see the distribution of citations received by articles and reviews. While the JIF is calculated with the total number of citations received in a year, this graph offers more transparency on how these citations are spread:

Distribution of items cited in 2017 for the Journal of Dairy Science
Distribution of items cited in 2017 for the Journal of Dairy Science

Publications and citations contributing to the JIF

The JIF for each year is calculated with the citation data of that year and the publication data of the previous two years (see the example image below). The new JCR makes these numbers more transparent by listing the citations and publications that make up these numbers. In this way you can see which articles influence the JIF and to what extent they influence the JIF. A separate list also shows which journals these citations came from.

The 2017 JIF calculation and information on JIF contributing items for the Journal of Dairy Science
The 2017 JIF calculation and information on JIF contributing items for the Journal of Dairy Science

Journal contributions by country and by organisation

Curious about who a journal's main contibutors are? The JCR now also lists the top 10 countries/regions and organisations that publish most in a journal.

Getting started

Would you like to start using the new JCR? Log in to the Web of Science with your WUR account and click ‘Journal Citation Reports’ in the top bar. There you'll find the new features discussed here in the section ‘Browse by journal’.

Note that the new Impact Factors and quartiles are not yet visible in Staff Publications and the WUR Journal Browser. The data in these databases will be updated soon.

Email us with any questions at servicedesk.facilities@wur.nl.