The database Web of Science, owned by Clarivate Analytics, is considered among many within the research community as the foremost quality based database of peer-reviewed journal articles. It is also an important analytical tool to analyze international research communication based on how the journal articles in the database cite each other. Web of Science is also used when bibliometric citation analyses are made on a national level, for example for distributing research funds.
One of the most well-known products of the database is the journal indicator the Impact Factor (IF), or Journal Impact Factor (JIF). This indicator intends to measure the impact a journal has based on the number of citations its articles have received. The idea is that the more citations a journal receives the greater its impact is on the research community within its specific discipline.
JIF and other journal indicators are found in the database Journal Citation Reports (JCR) in which you can also identify journals within different subject categories and compare them based on these indicators.
We will present JCR and offer short descriptions about the most common indicators in the database:
JCR is solely based on citations from journal articles, conference papers and books and book chapters indexed in Web of Science. You need to create an account to be able to choose more indicators (Customize Indicators). It is mainly the two first indicators (Journal Impact Factor and 5 Year Impact Factor) that are most commonly used within the research community and in research evaluation.
Nilsson, S. (2016, September 28). Factor that influences research careers. Curie. Retrieved from https://www.tidningencurie.se/en/nyheter/2016/09/28/factor-that-influences-research-careers/
Nilsson, S. (2016, September 29). The use of impact factors in the research community. Curie. Retrieved from https://www.tidningencurie.se/en/nyheter/2016/09/29/the-use-of-impact-factors-in-the-research-community/