Database Information: Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Journal Citation Reports includes citation information from approximately 21,000+ scholarly and technical journals and conference proceedings from more than 113 countries. Journal Citation Reports includes topics in the fields of science, technology, and social sciences.
Searching Journal Citation Reports
Let's say you wanted to see to publish an article in a top-ranked journal in allergy. Here's how you'd set this up in JCR.
From the JCR homepage select "browse categories"
Next choose which category of journal you want to view or explore
Click on the down arrow to the right of the group you want to see a list of sub-categories
In this instance, we want the Endocrinology & Metabolism Group
You will notice that there are two sets to choose from. The SCIE group is the complete journal set and the one you want to choose. The other set is the Emerging Sources Citation Index group (ESCI). So what’s the difference between the ESCI and the SCIE? According to Clarivate, 28 different criteria are used to evaluate journals and decide whether they will be included in the ESCI or the SCIE. Overall, 24 of these criteria relate to quality, while the remaining four relate to impact. Journals that meet the quality criteria are included in the ESCI, whereas journals that meet both the quality criteria and the impact criteria are listed in the SCIE.
Once you have selected your journal set, you can use the filter found on the left to filter by:
- JCR date
- JIF quartile
- citation indexes (SCI/SSCI) -- depending on the category
- and more
The default is by JIF (Journal Impact Factor), but you can sort the list by journal title, JIF and % OA.
Clicking on the individual titles will provide you with specific performance information for that title.
Exporting Results From Journal Citation Reports
Information from JCR can be printed or exported. In order to export, you do need to create a free account
Results from searches on journal categories, rankings, comparisons can be exported/downloaded into CSV format
Individual journal profiles can be printed in their entirety.
Comparing Multiple Journals in Journal Citation Reports
You can compare multiple journals.
Select the journal titles you want to compare then click on "compare"
You can delete and add other journal titles. At this time you cannot export or save the comparision.
Training and Tutorials
JCR has several training tutorials and guides to help you. They are found on Help/Support page. They include:
- Tips, guides and walkthroughs
- Recorded webinars
- Journal Impact Factor Guide
- Journal Citation Reports User Guide