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Emerald delivers significant Impact Factor increase

Impressive journal Impact Factors demonstrate Emerald’s ability to increase citations and visibility for quality research and its authors

Bingley, United Kingdom, 14 June 2016 – Emerald Group Publishing has received its best ever results in the data release of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Thomson Reuters for 2015, with three in every four journals seeing an increased Impact Factor.

In summary:

• 90% of Emerald’s indexed journals increased the number of citations they received from other JCR journals
• 72% of journals saw an increase in their Impact Factor
• Six journals received Impact Factors above 2.000, which is double the number from the 2014 release.

Further analysis shows that the average change in citations received from other indexed journals was +23%, while the average Impact Factor was up by 12.7%. Top performer was Internet Research, which received an Impact Factor of 3.017, almost doubling its score of 1.661 in 2014. Other journals with high Impact Factors include:

Supply Chain Management: An International Journal (2015 IF: 2.731)

International Journal of Operations  (2.252)

Journal of Service Management (2.233)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (2.176)

International Journal of Physical Distribution  (2.101)

Emerald has a record number of titles indexed by Thomson Reuters with 64 titles, encompassing 61 journals and three book series. Three of the journals – International Journal of Sports Marketing and SponsorshipEnglish Teaching – Practice and Critique, and Journal of Korea Trade – are receiving Impact Factors for the first time as Emerald journals.

Commenting on the results, Emerald’s Publishing Director Tony Roche, said: “These results are testament to great quality authorship published from around the world in Emerald journals. 

"We are very grateful for the contributions of our reviewers, editors and staff in driving up the quality of articles Emerald publishes. 

“Emerald’s aim is to provide its communities with an increasingly high level of quality titles to read, cite and publish in, and JCR data shows great progress in delivering this across core subject areas such as Business, Management, Engineering and Information Management.”

Results also showed significant long-term improvement in quality, with 74% of titles increasing their Five-Year Impact Factor, with an average change of +21.7% - more than half of all titles indexed now have a Five-Year Impact Factor over 1.000. 

These results follow further successes with Thomson Reuters indexation, as Emerald recently had its 100th journal accepted onto the Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). More than half of all Emerald’s journals are now indexed by one of Thomson Reuters’ indices.

Please click here to see the dedicated landing page Emerald has created to highlight and explain its powerful JCR performance.