Journal Citation Report


We identify the world’s leading journals


Make confident decisions with transparent, publisher-neutral journal data


Quickly understand the role of each journal in the evolving scholarly publishing landscape to make informed decisions about manuscript submission, collection development and portfolio management.

Evaluate journals with a multidimensional view of a journal’s impact and influence. View citation metrics, including the Journal Impact FactorTM (JIFTM) and Journal Citation IndicatorTM, alongside descriptive open access statistics and contributor information.

The 2023 release of Journal Citation Reports includes:






research categories

Essential for journal evaluations

Benchmark your journal’s performance against others in a discipline

Explore a rich array of leading indicators, descriptive data and compelling visualizations to make confident portfolio decisions and gain a deep understanding of a journal’s influence on the global research community.


Identify journals that are critical to your researchers’ and institution’s success

Ensure your library collections support rigorous research and teaching and make data-driven decisions about your open access strategy.


Discover and select the best-fit journals for your research

Find the right journals to publish in to amplify the reach, recognition and influence of your work.

Trusted, independent source of journal intelligence


How are journals selected for Journal Citation ReportsTM (JCRTM)?


Only journals that meet our 24 rigorous selection criteria are selected for inclusion.


  • Rely on our experts to provide unbiased, publisher-neutral information which does not promote or endorse any specific publishers.
  • Consult detailed journal profiles with publication and citation data from the world’s original citation index– Web of Science Core CollectionTM.


  • Only journals that have met the rigorous quality standards in the Web of Science Core Collection editorial selection process are selected for inclusion.
  • Quickly locate the most influential journals in your field.
  • Save time assessing journals for submission or subscription.


  • Remove journals that demonstrate predatory behavior from your process.
  • Explore a complete view of citation performance using a dataset built using cover-to-cover indexing and consistent metadata capture.


  • Drill down to granular, linked data to thoroughly understand a journal’s performance and relationships to other publications.
  • Monitor journal coverage changes in the Web of Science Core Collection using the freely accessible and searchable Master Journal List. Consult monthly reports to learn which journals have been newly accepted, removed due to an editorial or production decision, or appear for the first time or no longer appear as a result of publication changes (e.g. title changes, mergers, ceases, splits and absorptions).

Journal Citation Reports vs. Web of Science


A key difference between the Web of Science and the Journal Citation Reports is that the Web of Science is continually updated, while the JCR data represent a snapshot from a specific time, namely, the date when the data were extracted for analysis. This difference reflects the essential nature of each product.

The Web of Science is an evolving record of the dynamic world of scholarly communication with new source content continually added, including citations. JCR, on the other hand, is an annual report on the citation impact of a defined set of journals at a given moment in time.

Therefore, attempts to use the Web of Science data to replicate JCR metrics will lead to results that will vary from those reported in JCR.