Thomson Reuters’ Intellectual Property & Science division has released the 2014 of Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), including the 2013 version of journal impact factors. JCR has been recognized as the world’s most influencing source to get credible information of scientific evaluation on high-quality scholarly publications or widely-known as yearly-released Journal Impact Factors.

The Journal Citation Reports deliver evaluation results on the position of a scholarly journal among scientific literature. The report is produced from an objective evaluation based on quantitative measurements and statistical information of an investigated journal. The results are then provided through some indicators such as citation format, metrics on the impact to scholarly world, and millions of citation from and to a journal harvested from Web of ScienceSM platform, one of the world’s biggest citation index in natural science, social science, and humanities.

Since its inception in 1975, the Journal Citation Reports continues to be a reliable benchmark for assessing the impact and influence of scholarly journals worldwide.

— Marie McVeigh (Content Selection – Web of Science)

In its newest release, 2014, the JCR covers citation data from 2013 that is divided into two sections: natural sciences and social sciences. There are 10.927 journals from 237 scientific disciplines originally published by publishers from 82 different countries throughout the world. As same as the previous releases, hundreds of journal have received their first Journal Impact Factor, yet there are also some other journals that lost their JCR due to some objective reasons as a means to maintain the integrity of JCR. Journals in the later category may apply again for their re-inclusion into JIF analysis after at least 2 years of exclusion.

Thomson Reuters understands the importance of these metrics in the scholarly community and is dedicated to preserving their accuracy and reliability in the ongoing selection of the world’s top-tier international and regional journals – journals that exemplify the quality demanded by researchers and authors worldwide.

— Marie McVeigh (Content Selection – Web of Science)

The selection process on high-quality journals entitled to have impact factors is a continuous process focused on identification, evaluation, and selection of the most influencing journals at either regional or international levels to be covered by Web of Science. After there are enough citation data of an investigated journal for at least 2 (two) years, these data will be carefully analyzed and the journal and its impact factor will be included in the JCR. The 2014 release of JCR consists of citation data harvested in the year 2012-2013  to journals indexed by Web of Science in 2013.Therefore, by referring to JCR through the Thomson Reuters Research Analytics platform scholarly communities are able to evaluate the research performance of either institutions or individuals globally. (RE/Mark)


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