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Citation Distribution

Although traditional journal metrics such as journal impact factors, download numbers, and usage factors give some indication of a journal's performance, they also have their flaws and give a distorted image. One good alternative to traditional journal metrics are citation distribution graphs, showing how many papers published in the journal were cited how many times.

The below graphs show the distribution of number of citations in one year to papers published in the two preceding years. For example, the 2020 graph shows citations in 2020 to papers published in 2018 and 2019.

Data are taken from the JCR published by Clarivate. 

Click each chart for a larger, interactive version.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed (average)
    47 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    32 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    124 days from submission to acceptance
    16 days from acceptance to publication

    Usage 
    760,938 downloads
    1567 Altmetric mentions

    Citations
    Click here to see citation distribution in recent years 

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