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Journal Citation Reports (JCR) provides citation metrics useful in evaluating and comparing over 11,500 scholarly journals in all areas of the sciences and social sciences. These metrics help indicate which journals are the most important and influential in their respective disciplines. However, quality and publishing decisions should never be based solely on citation data. The best-known citation metric is the proprietary Journal Impact Factor based on a two-year window of citing papers covered in the Web of Science Core Collection Database.

The Journal Citation Reports are part of the Journal and Highly cited module within InCites and allow you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from approximately 12,000 scholarly and technical journals and conference proceedings from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. 

Key features in the Journal Citation Reports allow you to:

  • View a comprehensive Profile Page for each journal telling the journal’s story supported by graphs and contextual information
  • Focus on desired subject categories, enabling you to review journal titles and key performance indicators in the category;
  • Compare multiple journals based on a chosen indicator;
  • Evaluate the performance of journals in which you or your organization has published research;
  • Recognize trending journals in key research categories;
  • Identify the ideal journal in which to publish your forthcoming research

All data in Journal Citation reports whether visualizations or data tables are downloadable for further use outside JCR. Users can customize the appearance of data tables by adding or removing indicators to their analysis as required. 

The same underlying citation data powers the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database that is also on the InCites platform. ESI gives macro-level analysis of research by country, authors, research fields, and journals.


To view quick guides and training videos on JCR, click here. Select training videos are also available below.

Dates Covered

1997 to the present; updated annually, with the new edition appearing in June following the end of the calendar year.

Print Counterpart

Various older editions of Journal Citation Reports can be found in the following libraries: 

1) Science Edition

  • 1975-1988 - Annex Q1.S354
  • 1989-2001 - Annex MicFiche [no LC call number]

2) Social Sciences Edition

  • 1981-1985 - Lockwood Reference Index Area Z7161.S8 (Paper)
  • 1992 & 1996 - Lockwood Reference Index Area Z7161.S8 (microfiche)

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