Clarivate this week announced changes to their annual Journal Citation Reports (JCR).
In the 2023 JCR release 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 the multidisciplinary Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)™. Clarivate state that this underpins their commitment to the integrity of the scholarly record.
This expansion in coverage will result in nearly 9,000 journals being given a JIF for the first time, which aligns with Clarivate’s belief that publications in all quality journals, not just highly cited journals, should be eligible for inclusion in research assessment exercises.
In addition to this, the 2023 release of the Journal Citation Reports will display the JIF with one decimal place, rather than the current three decimal places, to encourage users to consider the other indicators and descriptive data in the JCR when comparing journals.