Journal Citation Reports: 2017 release and free webinars

This year’s edition of Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is now available. JCR is an immensely useful tool and can help you:


– identify journals with the highest citation impact in your field

– find the most influential journals in which to publish


Each edition of Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is published annually following the year of coverage – and the latest 2017 edition is now available covering 2016 data.  It includes:


– more than 11,000 of the world’s most highly cited, peer reviewed journals in 236 disciplines from 81 countries

– 132 journals with their first Journal Impact Factor



There are two different JCR editions: the Science Edition covering more than 8,800 science journals, and the Social Sciences Edition, covering more than 3,200 social sciences journals.


Webinar Training


There are two free 1 hour JCR webinars being offered:


Thursday 29th June at 10am.

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Friday 30th June at 10am.

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Incites Journal Citation Reports with 2016 data.


  • Introduction to JCR production and uses of data.
  • JCR data integration in Web of Science Core Collection.
  • Search for top journals in a category.
  • Explore filters to limit journals by various conditions (open access, quartile, percentile etc.).
  • Explore range of indicators to rank journals.
  • Explore Journal profile and visualisations.
  • The meaning of the Impact Factor and its appropriate use.
  • Journal suppressions.
  • Create Journal comparison report to compare a custom list of journals.
  • Download tables and custom reports.
  • JCR indicators in Incites B&A.



Access and Searching JCR


To access JCR,

  • logon to the University Portal
  • select the Resources tab
  • then from the “A-Z list of online resources” select Journal Citation Reports


For information on how to use JCR see the Quick Tour video or the series of videos on particular topics, for example, Compare Journals, Impact Factor, etc.


JCR is also integrated with Web of Science, so after a search on Web of Science when viewing an individual article record, click on the View Journal Information link under the journal title to see the Impact Factor and link directly to the journal’s JCR record for more journal metrics.


Metrics include:


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.


Journal Impact Factor: 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.


Five-Year Impact Factor: Gives a broader range of citation activity for a more informative snapshot over time. For journals in subjects where citation activity continues to rise through several years, this allows more of their total citation activity to be included in a critical performance metric.


Immediacy Index: A measure of how quickly the “average article” in a journal is cited. The Immediacy Index will tell you how often articles published in a journal are cited within the same year.


Eigenfactor Metrics: Comprised of the Eigenfactor Score and Article Influence Score, are designed to reflect the prestige and citation influence of journals by considering scholarly literature as a network of journal-to-journal relationships. Eigenfactor Score is a measure of the journal’s total importance to the research community.  Article Influence Score is a measure of the average influence of each of its articles over the first five years after publication.  (Find out more at:


Citable items: Total number of citable articles published in the JCR year.


Cited Half-life: The number of publication years from the current year which account for 50% of current citations received. This figure helps you evaluate the age of the majority of cited articles published in a journal


Journal “Self Citations”: An analysis of journal self-citations and their contribution to the Journal Impact Factor calculation.



Clare Allan

Senior Research Librarian