New resource: Journal Citation Reports

Access has now been set up to Journal Citation Reports on the ISI-Web of Knowledge platform. Access is direct on-campus; Athens username and password is required for off-campus access. Two collections are available: JCR Science Edition (2005); JCR Social Science Edition (2005). The resource is described as follows:

Journal Citation Reports allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show you the: most frequently cited journals in a field; the highest impact journals in a field; and the largest journals in a field. Citation and article counts are important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers a valuable tool for journal evaluation and comparison.

Two way linking between the Ulrich’s Periodical Directory and ISI-Web of Knowledge is also available. Where a listing for a journal exists in JCR, a record display in Ulrich’s will offer a link to the relevant record in JCR (see illustration below [click on thumbnail for full-size version]):


For each journal listing in JCR a direct link to the record for the title in Ulrich’s is provided (see illustration below [click on thumbnail for full-size version]).


JCR does not support outbound OpenURL linking, so no direct connection from a JCR record to an SFX menu is possible. However, it may be possible to to provide a link from a JCR record to the listing for the journal in the LLR library catalogue (where a record for the title is available). Negotiations with JCR’s technicians are continuing on this. (The existing JCR: Social Sciences 1997-2001 networked CD-ROM will continue to be listed separately in eSearch and the subject web portal.)