Latest edition of Journal Citation Reports now available

Journal Citation Reports are an immensely useful tool and can help with identifying:

– journals with the greatest total cites and the highest impact in your field

– journals relevant to your research and those in which it would be desirable to publish


Each edition of Journal Citations Report is published annually in the Autumn following the year of coverage – and the latest 2007 edition has recently become available.


There are two different editions:  the Science Edition covering more than 5,900 science journals, and the Social Sciences Edition, covering more than 1,700 social sciences journals.


As usual the latest edition includes:


  • Journal Impact Factors: the frequency with which the “average article” in a journal has been cited in a particular year. Helps evaluate a journal’s relative importance in a given field
  • Total Cites: tells you which journals are most frequently cited. Journals are ranked by the number of times they are cited in a given year; gives an indication of assessment of journals by scholars who have responded to the items published


There are plans to enhance Journal Citation Reports and during February new metrics will be added:


  • Five-Year Impact Factor
  • ‘Rank in Category’ tables
  • Box Plots
  • Journal Self Citations



To access the Journal Citation Reports, logon to the University Portal, and select Journal Citation Reports from the “A-Z list of online resources”, then from the Web of Knowledge gateway choose the “Select a Database” tab. 



Clare Allan

Subject Librarian