Clarivate announces that all Web of Science Core Collection journals, including arts and humanities, will receive the Journal Impact Factor starting in 2023

Of Clarification announcement:

Clarify today announced that in the 2023 release of Journal Citation Reports™, all Web of Science Core Collection™ journals will receive a Journal Impact Factor (JIF)™. This means expanding the JIF from Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)™ and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)™ to include journals from the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)™ and Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) ™ multidisciplinary.

The JCR’s annual publication enables the research community, publishers and librarians to assess and compare the scholarly impact of the world’s high-quality journals using a range of indicators, descriptive data and visualizations.

By extending the JIF to all journals that have passed the Web of Science’s stringent quality criteria, this latest enhancement helps level the playing field for all quality journals, including newly launched journals, open access journals , journals with a niche or regional scope and journals from the Global South.

It means that:

  • Almost 9,000 journals – from more than 3,000 publishers, many of them smaller publishers in the developing world – will for the first time have a JIF.
  • There will be a 8% increase in gold open access journals that will have a JIF.
  • There will be a minimum 5% increase in Global South journals[1] which will have a JIF.

Additionally, the 2023 version of Journal Citation Reports will display the JIF with one decimal place, instead of the current three decimal places, to encourage users to consider other JCR indicators and descriptive data when comparing journals.

Dr Nandita Quaderi, Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Vice President, Web of Science said:

“To accelerate the pace of innovation research, funders, institutions and researchers need to be able to make decisions based on quality data they can trust. We have made the decision to display journal impact factors for all journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection as part of our ongoing commitment to the integrity of scientific records. Our rigorous screening process allows us to keep unreliable journals out of our indexes, which, together with our careful data curation, means that the research community can trust the Journal Citation Reports data and metrics.

“Giving all quality journals a Journal Impact Factor will ensure full transparency of the articles and citations that have contributed to impact, and therefore help them demonstrate their value to the research community. This decision is aligned with our position that publications in all quality journals, not just highly cited journals, should be eligible for inclusion in research assessment exercises.

No changes will be made to the JCR until the next annual version in June 2023.

Ludo Waltman, Professor of Quantitative Scientific Studies at the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University, the Netherlands, said: “JIF must co-evolve with the changing expectations of researchers, research directors and evaluators. I welcome the extension of JIF to all journals in the Web of Science Core Collection. This is an important step towards a more inclusive view of the journal landscape.

Dr. Quaderi adds, “Community consultation on these changes included one-on-one discussions with publishers, librarians and bibliometricians as well as quantitative community surveys. We encourage anyone with further feedback on the changes to contact us at [email protected]

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See also: Springer Nature welcomes expansion of journal impact factors to include arts and humanities titles (statement by Alison Mitchell, Director of Journals)

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