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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

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    8.6 - 2-year Impact Factor
    9.0 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.836 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    1.630 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    6 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    121 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    4,599 Altmetric mentions

    Click here to see citation distribution in recent years 

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