2015 Journal Citation Reports (JCR): changing the face of scholarly journal evaluation

jcr2007The Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business of Thomson Reuters is changing the face of scholarly journal evaluation with the release of the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), the world’s most influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of the annual Journal Impact Factors (JIF).

This newly refined edition of the 40th-annual JCR includes some game-changing advancements:

  • Journal Impact Factor Percentile: A normalized journal impact factor provides percentile value allowing for a proper and meaningful comparison of journals across different categories.
  • Normalized EigenfactorTM: Developed by the Eigenfactor team at the University of Washington to offer greater clarity around the metric; for example,if a journal’s Normalized Eigenfactor is two, it is twice as influential as other journals within the area of study.
  • Supporting detailed analysis of underlying journal level data: Users will now be able to download cited and citing data tables into an Excel file for greater transparency into the relationship between journals and the outcome of scholarship.
  • OA Filter: This new feature – modeled after the Web of Science – will allow users to easily evaluate the performance of OA journals.

The 2015 release, with 2014 citation data for literature within the sciences and social sciences, features 11,149 journal listings in 237 disciplines; 82 countries are represented.

The 2015 JCR offers an improved user experience with greater and simultaneous access to information in the sciences and social sciences; increased data transparency with easily accessible metrics to calculations for a specific journal; the integration of OA content into journal profiles; and, enhanced usability with customizable data grids, journal lists and comparison tools.

You can get access to the database here.