Journal Citation Reports: Journal Profile Tour

Journal Citation Reports: Journal Profile Tour


To effectively evaluate journals and make
strategic publication decisions, you need not only data, but journal intelligence – true
transparency into what makes a journal influential and valuable. The journal profile page in Journal Citation
Reports provides a more complete view of a journal, putting the data into context to
help you understand the metrics, see the articles that drive those metrics, and identify the
community that contributes to the journal, building its value. From the home page, use the Browse Journals
and Browse Categories buttons to navigate to complete lists that can be filtered. Or enter a journal name to launch directly
to the profile view. Title suggestions are made as you type. As always, Journal Citation Reports is a snapshot
in time, looking at the citation activity for a journal in a single calendar year. All the data on the profile page examine the
current JCR year. To see prior year and historical data, click
these links. The top section of the profile focuses on
performance data that explain the Journal Impact Factor. See through the calculation to understand
the complete story: The Journal Impact Factor Trend graph places
the Journal Impact Factor into the contexts of time and category performance. The current year JIF is noted in the upper
left of the graph. The columns show the Journal Impact Factor
in each year, while the lines plot the category percentile performance for each year. Hover over category names to easily see the
category percentile trend. Open the trend graph by clicking on the arrows
and click View All Years to see complete available data for the journal. How has this journal’s impact fluctuated
over time? The Citation Distribution details the population
of items that were cited this year. What types of documents were cited and how
frequently? Were certain documents heavily influential
in the Journal Impact Factor, or was the citation activity more evenly distributed? To see even more details expand the graph
by clicking on the arrows. Hover over a bar on the chart to see for example,
that there were 2 articles and 1 review that each received 10 citations in the JCR year. The Median citation rate for both articles
and reviews provides further context. There is also a count of unlinked citations
– these are citations that were clearly attributable to the journal and contributed
to the JIF, but could not definitively be linked to a specific article because of incomplete
or incorrect citation information in the original publication. The Journal Impact Factor Calculation section
explains the calculation in detail. The ratio of current year citations to articles
published in the prior two years is linked to a list of the citable documents in the
denominator and the citing items in the numerator. These are visible in the panel on the right. Every item is listed so you have complete
transparency into the calculation for both cited and citing items. Citable items are displayed with most-cited
items listed first. Click Show All to expand a complete list that
can be viewed in Web of Science for further analyses, or exported to a .csv file. Likewise, the Citations in the numerator of
the calculation are listed here. These are organized hierarchically, with citations
aggregated by citing journal. Click Show All to expand the view to see the
individual citing articles, and even the exact references from the bibliography of that paper. Any unlinked citations that contributed to
the JIF will also be listed here, giving a complete picture of the contributions to the
calculation. In the center of the journal profile, Key
Indicators for this journal are provided, grouped by Impact, Influence and Source metrics. Each can be graphed. The green check mark indicates the selected
metric. In addition to Key Indicators you can further
explore Source Data, see additional rank-in-category data including quartile and percentile details,
as well as Cited and Citing journal information. The bottom half of the profile explores the
community of contributors to this journal –tables summarizing the source documents
from this journal for the most recent three years give us journal intelligence about where
the contributing authors are located geographically and the institutions they are affiliated with. Which regions and organizations were influential
in the impact of this journal? These lists can be exported as well. Click the arrows to expand. The Journal Citation Reports provides journal
intelligence that highlights the value and contribution of a journal through a rich array
of transparent data, metrics and analysis.

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