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US Clarivate Analytics unveils 2017 Journal Citation Reports - 15 Jun 2017

Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, has released the 2017 Journal Citation Reports (JCR), an annual update of the most influential and comprehensive resource for information on highly cited, peer-reviewed publications and the source of Journal Impact Factor (JIF) scores.

Since 1973, the JCR has provided an assessment of a journal's standing in scholarly literature through the objective evaluation of statistical information, which only a publisher-independent company such as Clarivate Analytics, can provide. The analysis comprises citation data, impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science, the citation index in the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities.

The JCR offers a variety of metrics to analyse journal activity - from open access to ranking top journals by disciplines, further enabling publishers, editors and researchers to better understand and measure the impact of their activities on addressing issues such as global health and climate change through their research.

Despite the thousands of papers published on climate change, controversy still lingers. To help add clarity to what the research data is revealing, the JCR identifies the top five research fields in climate change as Environmental Sciences, Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences, Geosciences-Multidisciplinary, Ecology and Geography-Physical.

The 2017 JCR release, which represents 2016 citation data for literature within the sciences and social sciences, features 11,459 journal listings in 236 disciplines with 81 countries represented. A total of 132 journals received their first JIF in this report; 66 percent of journals saw a year-over-year increase in their JIF and 33 percent saw a decrease. These high-impact journals are at the heart of the Web of Science, the most comprehensive network of citations of over 33,000 journals.

The Journal Impact Factor is the ratio of 2016 citations to articles published in that journal in the two previous years. To ensure the JIF remains transparent to the research community, Web of Science will provide direct links to the source documents comprising the JIF denominator in later 2017. In addition, with 2018 JCR release, direct links will also extend to the JIF numerator.

As Clarivate Analytics continues to accelerate its investment in innovation, reinforced by the acquisition of Publons, the release of the JCR also includes new enhancements such as Percent Citable Items and new filters making analysis of the JCR easier. Percent Citable Items shows the percentage of a journal's content that is considered 'citable' for the JIF calculation.

JCR is available on InCites, an integrated web-based platform powered by data from the Web of Science. It is used for measuring research output and impact, monitoring trends and benchmarking articles, journals, institutions and researchers.

In addition, JCR Journal Impact Factor Quartile metrics will be added to InCites Benchmarking & Analytics. Institutions evaluating the impact of their research can use journal quartiles to better understand the portion of their faculty's output that is published in top journals, as well as track changes over time.

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US EBSCO Information Services appoints John McDonald as Director, Product Management - 15 Jun 2017

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has expanded its Analytics and Assessment team, hiring John McDonald as Director of Product Management. In the new role, McDonald will work with libraries to provide advanced decision-making support and intelligence.

McDonald has a strong background in academic services and library management, spanning more than 18 years. Most recently, he served as Associate Dean for Collections at the University of Southern California Libraries. Prior positions include Chief Information Officer and Library Director at Claremont Colleges. Prior to joining Claremont, he was the Acquisitions Librarian at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). During his tenure at CalTech, he was a key team member responsible for developing and implementing the first OpenURL resolver system in an academic research library.

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German Springer Nature sponsors first Singapore Three Minute Thesis competition - 15 Jun 2017

Springer Nature is providing sponsorship for the 2017 Singapore Three Minute Thesis (3MTŪ) competition, where twenty PhD candidates from Singapore will gather on August 4, 2017 at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The competition challenges participants to explain their research thesis in a clear and engaging three-minute talk aimed at non-specialists. The main prize, which is sponsored by Springer Nature, is EUR 2,000 to attend the Asia-Pacific 3MTŪ in Brisbane, Australia on September 29, 2017.

Developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, 3MTŪ events are now held in over 400 institutions across six continents. This is the first ever nationwide 3MTŪ competition in Singapore and it is being organised by the NTU Graduate Student Council (NTUGSC). Five PhD students are nominated to attend the Singapore 3MTŪ from each of the four participating universities: National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology & Design. The judges will select one Singapore 3MTŪ winner and two runner-ups from the 20 finalists.

The Asia-Pacific 3MTŪ draws students from Australia, New Zealand, and other countries from Asia such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan.

Springer Nature advances discovery by publishing robust and insightful research, supporting the development of new areas of knowledge and making ideas and information accessible around the world. Key to this is the ability to provide the best possible service to the whole research community: helping authors to share their discoveries; enabling researchers to find, access and understand the work of others; supporting librarians and institutions with innovations in technology and data; providing quality publishing support to societies; and championing the issues that matter – standing up for science, leading the way on open access and being powerful advocates for the highest quality and ethical standards in research. As a research publisher, Springer Nature is home to trusted brands including Springer, Nature Research, BioMed Central, Palgrave Macmillan and Scientific American.

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UK BMJ announces Josef Smolen as Editor of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases - 15 Jun 2017

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced Josef Smolen as the new editor of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD). ARD is the top ranked journal in the field of rheumatology with an impact factor of 12.811.

Josef Smolen is Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Division of Rheumatology and Department of Medicine at the University of Vienna, as well as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Hietzing Hospital, Vienna.

An accomplished author of several hundred original publications and lead investigator of many clinical trials, his scientific interests cover basic and translational research, outcomes and epidemiologic research, as well as novel therapies in rheumatic diseases.

Smolen has also served as President of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the Austrian Rheumatology and Immunology Societies.

Smolen will take over as editor from Tore K Kvien from September 1, 2017. ARD is the official journal of EULAR reflecting the whole field of rheumatology. The journal has been co-owned by EULAR and BMJ for the past 18 years.

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UK Emerald Publishing delivers its Impact Factor results - 15 Jun 2017

Academic publisher Emerald Publishing has received its Impact Factor results in the data release of the 2016 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Clarivate Analytics, with overall citations up by 41 percent.

Emerald has seen more journals accepted into the SSCI (Social Science Citation Index) this year, with seven journals having been accepted since January 2017 including the Journal of Health Organization and Management, which has received its first Impact Factor of 1.07.

The inclusion of Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics; International Journal of Bank Marketing; Journal of Product & Brand Management; Journal of Social Marketing; Marketing Intelligence & Planning; and Sustainability Accounting Management & Policy Journal represents a substantial increase in coverage for Emerald's journals collection, with over 40 percent of Emeralds Marketing journals now indexed in the SSCI.

Emerald's impressive Impact Factor performance follows hot on the heels of the news that Emerald remains - according to CiteScore - the publisher with the leading share of titles in the Business, Management & Accounting field, with over 16 percent of the sector. CiteScore claims to be one of a number of measures that help provide a holistic overview of a Scopus-indexed journal or serial title's performance in the index.

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UK Cochrane announces 2016 Impact Factor for Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - 15 Jun 2017

Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health, has announced that the Impact Factor of Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is now 6.124. According to 2016 Journal Citation Report (JCR), released by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson ISI), this is a slight increase on the 2015 impact factor, which was 6.103.

The CDSR impact factor is calculated by taking the total number of citations in a given year to all Cochrane Reviews published in the past 2 years, and dividing that number by the total number of Reviews published in the past 2 years. It is a useful metric for measuring the strength of a journal by how often its publications are cited in scholarly articles.

Some highlights of the CDSR 2016 Impact Factor include: the CDSR is ranked 14 of the 154 journals in the Medicine, General & Internal category; the CDSR received 57,740 cites in the 2016 Impact Factor period, compared with 47,899 for the 2015 Impact Factor calculation; the total number of times the CDSR was cited increased from 47,899 in 2015 to 57,740 in 2015 meaning the CDSR received the 5th highest number of citations in its category; and the 5-Year Impact Factor is 7.018.

The main Impact Factor report and the CRG reports will be delivered after the JCR is updated in September. This is because, as has happened in previous years, Clarivate was unable to accurately index Cochrane Reviews for this Impact Factor window; Wiley and Cochrane are following-up with Clarivate regarding the calculation of the 2016 impact factor.

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