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Clarivate releases enhanced 2018 Journal Citation Reports


Clarivate Analytics has announced the 2018 update of its Journal Citation Reports (JCR), offering what it describes as richer, more detailed information to enhance users’ understanding of journal performance. These additional insights are expected


to help researchers, publishers, editors, librarians and funders explore the key drivers of a journal’s value for diverse audiences, making better use of the data and metrics from the citation index database.


The JCR is one of the world’s most influential and trusted resources for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and is a leading source of annual journal metrics and indicators, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF). The reports comprise citation data, impact and influence metrics and indicators, and more than 90 million data points in Web of Science, an influential online scientific citation indexing service.


JCR 2018: What’s new? The JCR relies on the core asset of the citation indexes – the same data the Web of Science is built on. This year, the JIF and other indicators


have been significantly strengthened with article-level insights and a wide range of additional benefits. These include:


• Re-designed and enhanced journal profile pages to better understand the content, regions and institutions that make a journal influential;


• Document-level transparency for the JIF and new indicators to validate and understand the calculation of the JIF. This helps identify the contribution of different content types to journal citation performance, and to see the journals and articles that influence journal performance;


• Citation network expansion: citations to JCR journals now include the contribution of the Book Citation Index; and


• New contextual information: the addition of geographical data of authors and a list of top contributing institutions demonstrates the global community of the publication.


Annette Thomas, CEO of the scientific and academic research division at Clarivate Analytics, said: ‘Clarivate combines world- class data and high-powered analytics with an entirely objective and publisher- neutral approach, enabling us to evolve the JCR to cater for our users.’ Emmanuel Thiveaud, managing director,


InCites, Clarivate Analytics, added: ‘The JCR has long been the gold standard for demonstrating journal performance. Journal ‘value’ is multifaceted and


Researchers invited to apply for $25k Clarivate award


Clarivate Analytics is inviting applications for the annual Eugene Garfield Award for Innovation in Citation Analysis. Launched last year in


memory of Garfield and his pioneering work in scientometrics, this award will recognise researchers at any stage of their career developing an innovative approach in citation analysis that improves the impact of scientific research. Garfield developed citation databases that changed how scientists find and assess scholarly literature. This led to the creation of the flagship scientific data platform the Web of Science, which indexes content and interconnected


citations from the world’s premier scientific and scholarly journals. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin referenced Garfield’s work on citation analysis in their patent for PageRank, the eponymous algorithm that powers their search engine.


The winner will be awarded $25,000 and Clarivate Analytics will provide the successful applicant with support and complimentary access to Web of Science data. The awardee will also be invited to give a research presentation at the 23rd Science and Technology Indicators Conference in Leiden, Netherlands, and to meet and collaborate with the


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team at Clarivate’s Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), founded by Garfield. Jonathan Adams, director


for ISI at Clarivate Analytics, said: ‘The Eugene Garfield Award for Innovation in citation analysis offers an opportunity to support and extend the excellent work that Dr Garfield and his collaborators conducted in mapping and analysing science. ‘To be successful, we seek


novel approaches in citation analysis that can be applied to challenges in information retrieval, science, technology and innovation indicators, or in studying the science of science. The emphasis is on innovation and not on


researchers, editors and publishers rely on additional information to evaluate a journal. This year, with the addition of contextual information at the journal level and the ability to view the individual items contributing to the JIF, the refreshed JCR delivers an enhanced user experience and offers a deeper understanding of the key drivers of a journal’s success.’ Key highlights from the 2018 JCR


include: • 11,655 journal listings; • 234 disciplines; • 80 countries represented; • 276 journals that received their first JIF; • 20 suppressed journals to ensure the integrity of the reports. Suppressed journals are re-evaluated with each year’s data update for re-listing;


• More than 64 million references are reported in the JCR, with nearly 10 million in the JIF calculation alone; and


• The inclusion of all references from the 2017 content of the Book Citation Index accounted for 1.2 million science citations (118,000 in the JIF), and 303,000 social sciences citations (18,000 in the JIF). While the numerical contribution of these books is small, the expansion of the citation network is significant, showing how books and journals function as integrated resources in scholarly communication.


Jonathan Adams


extensions to existing research themes. ISI has a strong commitment to support and engage with the community and we look forward to reading


the applications.’ l Visit info.clarivate.com/ garfield-award for more details.


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