In July, Clarivate announced its upcoming plan to expand the collection of journals that will now receive a journal Impact Factor (IF). Previously, although all journals indexed in Web of Science were given variable citation metrics within Clarivate’s yearly Journal Citation Reports (JCR), only journals indexed within either the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) or Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) received IFs. This will now change starting in June 2023, when all journals indexed within the Core Collection of Web of Science will receive an IF, including the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI) and the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).
As the largest open access publisher in the world with over 210 journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection. at least 113 additional MDPI journals will receive an Impact Factor in the June 2023 JCR, adding to the 98 MDPI journals that already have an Impact Factor. These changes will provide scholars with more data to better compare and assess the quality, impact and reputation of academic journals. Additionally, MDPI fully supports the mission behind these changes to better ‘level the playing field for all quality journals, including recently-launched journals and open access journals’.
Meanwhile, MDPI continues to support and encourage all academic journal ranking lists that provide authors with alternative metrics. MDPI aims to continuously offer transparency around journal and article metrics and better support the needs of authors and the academic community.Click here to read the original press release.