New resource: Journal Citation Reports

Good news!  The University now has a subscription to the sector’s leading tool for assessing the impact and prestige of scholarly journals:  Journal Citation Reports (otherwise known as JCR).

Based on citation data from journals indexed by Thomson Reuters, JCR calculates and reports the impact factors that are boasted of and aspired to by publishers and editors of academic journals.  For researchers, they can provide a rough and ready measure of journal quality and answer the oft-asked question of “where should I publish if I want my work to have the highest impact?”.

To access JCR:

1)  Start at the NELSON home page and click on the  ‘Databases‘ tab.

2)  Select ‘Journal Citation Reports‘ from the A-Z list and click on the ‘Go to Journal Citation Reports‘ link.

3)  Enter your university user name and password (if requested).Select JCR

4)  A ‘Web of Knowledge’ screen will appear.  Select Journal Citation Reports.

5)  JCR home pageChoose either the Science or  Social Science edition of JCR.  There are options to view a group of journals by subject category, to search for a specific journal or to view all journals. Click on the Submit button when you have made your choice.

6) If you choose to view a group of journals, you may then select one or more subject categories for your report, and choose whether to view the data by journal or category.  The default view is of journal data sorted by journal title; if you wish to see the highest impact journal in a subject area then you should change the ‘sort by’ field to impact factor as shown above.  Click on the Submit button to generate the report.

The JCR report lists a number of metrics for each journal, among them each journal’s total citations, one and five year impact factors, an immediacy index and Eigenfactor.  These and more are described in Thomson Reuters’ JCR Quick Reference Card and Fact Sheet.

JCR training:

If you would like to receive training in using JCR then you have a number of options:

  • Try out the online tutorial (on the  JCR home page follow the link labelled ‘Information for new users’ and then select the tutorial from the blue box on the right hand side)
  • Attend a Thomson Reuters training session (the next JCR webinar is on Wednesday 12th December at 4pm)
  • Drop in to see your Research Support Team in the library – either come to one of our weekly researcher help sessions or contact us to make an appointment for a one-to-one meeting.

Other citation tools:

JCR covers over 8000 journals in the Sciences and 2650 in Social Sciences.  However, if your subject area is not well covered you might be interested in one of the alternative journal assessment tools.  (I will be writing about these at a later date so if you know of any others please let me know.)

Alternatively, if you would rather look at citations for individual articles or authors then our previous post on tools for citation analysis may be of help.

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