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Bibliometrics and citation analysis: ISI Journal Citation Reports

What is the journal impact factor?

Journal Citation Reports can be accessed from the Web of Science database and is an authoritative source of Journal data such as the Impact Factor and Subject Specific Journal rankings. It allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 250 disciplines. JCR provides quantitative tools for ranking, categorising, comparing and evaluating journals. The Impact Factor is one of these, and measures the frequency with which the average article in a journal is cited in a particular year.

Read more about the Impact Factor.

How to use journal citation reports


  1. Use this link to go to Journal Citation Reports
  2. Use the search box on the left to search for a journal
  3. To search for a specific journal, you can search by Full or Abbreviated journal title, title word, or ISSN
  4. Click on the journal title to see Journal Information, Impact Factor, Immediacy Index, Cited Half-Life, Cited Journal Graph,etc.

Video of journal citation reports

For more information and training videos, have a look at the Web of Science YouTube Channel.

Please Note

Journal metrics are used to evaluate the quality or caliber of the journal in which articles are published and should not be used to make any assessment at the article level. The Impact Factor and CiteScore is not an indication of article quality.