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MDPI's Plants and Foods accepted for inclusion in SCIE
- 29 Nov 2018

Academic open-access publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) has announced that two of its journals, Plants and Foods, have been accepted for inclusion in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) in the Web of Science Core Collection, as well as Current Contents - Agriculture, Biology&Environmental Sciences. Meanwhile, Plants continues to be listed in BIOSIS Previews.

Both journals were established in 2012 and have since made an impact in the scientific community. For example, research published in Plants has been cited more than 880 times in Scopus in 2017 and 2018 to date. Out of four hundred research articles published in Foods since inception, 33 have been cited at least ten times.

Foods and Plants are due to receive first Journal Impact Factors based on Web of Science data in next year's release of the Journal Citation Reports in mid-2019.

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Clarivate Analytics' annual Highly Cited Researchers list reveals influential scientific researchers and their institutions
- 27 Nov 2018

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable researchers to accelerate discovery, has published its annual Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list. Now in its fifth year, the citation analysis identifies influential researchers as determined by their peers around the globe - those who have consistently won recognition in the form of high citation counts over a decade. The Web of Science serves as the basis for the regular listings of researchers whose citation records position them in the top 1% by citations for their field and year.

This year, a new cross-field category has been added to recognise researchers with substantial influence in several fields but who do not have enough highly cited papers in any one field to be chosen.

Key findings reveal that about 4000+ Highly Cited Researchers are named in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences. The United States is home to the highest number of HCRs, with 2,639 authors. The United Kingdom boasts 546. China (mainland) is gaining fast with 482. Harvard University keeps its pole position on the list.

Among the 4,058 researchers named as Highly Cited in the 21 Essential Science Indicator (ESI) fields, 194, or 4.8%, appear in two ESI fields. An elite 24 researchers, hailing from North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, appear in three fields.

New for 2018 - approximately 2,000 additional researchers have also been identified as having exceptional performance based on high impact papers in several fields. Nations or regions with more than 40% of their Highly Cited Researchers selected in the cross-field category are Sweden (53%), Austria (53%), Singapore (47%), Denmark (47%), China (43%) and South Korea (42%).

This year's list continues to recognise researchers whose citation records position them in the highest ranks of influence and impact: it includes 17 Nobel laureates, including two announced this year - James P. Allison, Physiology or Medicine, and William D. Nordhaus, Economic Sciences. Also included are 56 Clarivate Analytics Citation Laureates - individuals who, through citation analysis, have been identified as researchers 'of Nobel class' and potential Nobel Prize recipients.

Australian research institutes continue to impress; the number of researchers recognised as Highly Cited has more than doubled in four years, from 80 in 2014 to 170 in 2018, among those selected in one or more of the 21 fields. Australian research institutions appear to have recruited a significant number of HCRs since 2014 as well as increasing their number of homegrown HCRs.

China (mainland) continues to march its way up the list and has overtaken Germany to reach the third spot on the top 10 country/region list.

Governmental research institutions also feature prominently with the US National Institutes of Health, the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research, appearing second in the list of Highly Cited Researchers. The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Max Planck Society also feature in the top 10.

The Highly Cited Researchers represent more than 60 nations, but more than 80% of them are from the 10 nations listed in the table and 70% from the first five - a remarkable concentration of top talent.

The methodology that determines the who's who of high-impact researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute of Scientific Information at Clarivate Analytics. It uses Essential Science Indicators, a unique compilation of science performance metrics and trend data based on scholarly paper publication counts and citation data from the Web of Science, the premier web-based environment of scientific and scholarly research literature totalling over 33,000 journals.

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Clarivate Analytics to provide citation data during REF 2021
- 15 Nov 2018

The UK's four higher education (HE) funding bodies have awarded Clarivate Analytics' Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) a contract to provide Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 assessment panels with citation information.

This information includes data about the number of times a scholarly publication has been cited in other scholarly publications - called citation counts. Eleven of REF 2021's 34 expert panels have said they plan to use citation data to inform the peer review process during the assessment phase of REF 2021.

A team at ISI will match publication records, which higher education institutions (HEIs) will submit to REF 2021, to an online subscription-based scientific citation indexing service called the Web of Science.

They will collaborate with REF 2021's expert panels to work out which additional information will help them make their decisions and make sure the citation counts they provide can be reviewed in a meaningful way.

Panels will use the principles set out in The Metric Tide in their use of the data. The Metric Tide, published in July 2015, looked in detail at the potential uses and limitations of research metrics and indicators, exploring the use of metrics within institutions and across disciplines. The team at Research England that runs the REF on behalf of the HE funding bodies will also support the panels to make sure the metrics are used responsibly.

In the interests of transparency, institutions submitting during REF 2021 will be able to view the citation counts for items they plan to submit to the REF in the relevant units of assessment and confirm that a correct match has been obtained.

ISI will build an Application Programming Interface (API) tool for UK universities to provide their assessment data easily and efficiently. To ensure openness and transparency, ISI will also create a web portal based on the API tool that will enable users to review citation data outside of the REF submissions system. Further information about the provision of citation data will be provided to HEIs in 2019.

The award to Clarivate Analytics follows a formal tender process.

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Pensoft's Biodiversity Data Journal recognised by Clarivate Analytics
- 14 Nov 2018

Pensoft's Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ) has been recognised as one of the high quality journals in its discipline by Clarivate Analytics. Nearly five years after the launch of the innovative, open access scholarly venue, the journal is designed to accelerate biodiversity research by closing the gap between narrative and machine-readable structured data.

Following a rigorous evaluation process, BDJ was accepted for a range of Clarivate Analytics products and services, including the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and the Journal Citation Reports, meaning it is to make use of the Journal Impact Factor and related metrics.

Furthermore, articles published in BDJ are to be abstracted in several databases: Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Sciences; Zoological Record, Biological Abstracts and BIOSIS Previews, so that the publications are even easier to find by researchers, while citations are continuously tracked, assessed and analysed.

Unlike conventional scholarly journals, BDJ allows for the integrated publication of data alongside text, made possible through highly automated import and conversion of machine-readable structured data into human-accessible format, resulting in a wide range of article types: data papers, species occurrences, species conservation profiles, software descriptions and others. On the other hand, text published in BDJ can be easily downloaded as data or mined by computers for reuse.

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Wolters Kluwer announces impact factor gains across its Lippincott portfolio and Medknow open access titles
- 30 Aug 2018

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that seven of its Lippincott journals have been ranked #1 based on their 2017 Journal Citation Report (JCR) Impact Factor Score from Clarivate Analytics. An Impact Factor (IF) is a measurement of the frequency by which an article in a scholarly journal is cited in a particular year. Of the 204 Lippincott titles listed in the JCR rankings, 56 percent had gains over the previous year, with 24 journals increasing 25 percent or more.

Lippincott holds 21 Top 5 spots across 14 specialties and 44 Top 10 across 25 specialties. Rounding out the top 20 rankings, Lippincott holds 90 spots across 39 specialties.

In the Medknow open access journal portfolio, 78 percent of the 32 titles increased their Impact Factor rating over the previous year, with 31 percent seeing a significant increase. Those journals included Conservation and Society, the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, the Chinese Medical Journal, Journal of Cytology, Pharmacognosy Magazine, and the Indian Journal of Pharmacology.

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