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Release of a new metric called CiteScore by Elsevier

CiteScore is a new set of metrics that has just been launched by Scopus, Elsevier.

The metric helps understand the relative position of a title in relevant fields and provides related information, such as size of a publication. CiteScore is calculated similarly to the Impact Factor (IF) from Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). CiteScore uses a similar methodology in looking at the citations documents receive from other indexed journals, but uses a three-year citation window instead of the two-year window for the Impact Factor, and is drawn from over 20,000 journals in its database, which is nearly twice as many as those that are given an Impact Factor. In addition to CiteScore, Scopus also provides more granular data on journals in a basket of metrics designed to give researchers more detailed information - this includes:

  • Annual CiteScore metrics
  • A monthly CiteScore Tracker
  • CiteScore Quartile
  • CiteScore Percentile.


Information on a journals performance can be freely viewed at https://journalmetrics.scopus.com. 63% of titles in health and social care have seen an increase in their CiteScore between 2014 and 2015.

Journals with the strongest increase are:

  • Journal of Health, Organisation and Management
  • Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour
  • Drugs and Alcohol Today
  • Advances in Dual Diagnosis
  • Journal of Assistive Technologies

In addition, across health and social care the average increase in % of documents cited from 2014 to 2015 is 19%.