SCOPUS has recently released a new metric to provide a broader and more transparent perspective on serial citation impact: the CiteScoreTM metric.
According to SCOPUS, CiteScore measures average citations received per document published in the serial. It is evaluated as the ratio between citations received in one year (e.g. 2015) for the documents published in the previous 3 years (e.g. 2012 – 14) and the sum of documents published in the journal in the 3 years prior to the year of the metric (e.g. 2012 – 14), as shown in the figure below.
We are proud to say that our Transactions on I&M is ranked number 1 among the I&M-focused journals. It has also constantly improved over the last 5 years, as shown by the graph below.
We have also improved our position in the Instrumentation and Measurement category, where we are now in the 92nd percentile, as shown in the graph below, ranking 7 out of 95 journals. However, if we consider only the journals that are focused on the very heart of the I&M science, we are number 1!
These results show that, when the focus is on quality and only on quality, metrics will take care of themselves in a very natural way. This CiteScore index did not exist and no “tricks” could have been used to artificially improve it. If the journal ranks so high, it’s due only to the high quality level achieved thanks to the hard work of its Editorial Board and its Reviewers, who have always aimed at improving the quality of the published papers.