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Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Using Web of Science: Definition

Generate journal citation reports online using the Web of Knowledge database.

Helpful Sites

Do you need a reliable search engine for scientific information? Try one of these!

  • Scirus-- an extensive database of scientific information from journals and Web sites.  For journals referenced by Scirus, check the library's catalog
  • Scholarpedia -- peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia written by scholars from all around the world
  • CiteSeer.IST - Scientific Literature Digital Library -- indexes over 750,000 scientific documents, many in full text: journal articles, proceedings, reports and pre-prints

Definition

What is Journal Citation Reports (JCR)?

 

 

From ISI Web of Knowledge (aka Web of Science):

Journal Citation Reports® is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 8,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Citation and article counts are important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers a unique perspective for journal evaluation and comparison.

 

Getting Started

Go to the Generating JCRs Using Web of Knowledge tab for a quick tutorial on using the online version of Journal Citation Reports, which includes a printer-friendly handout.

The Additional Resources tab lists outside resources on journal rankings.

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