A Reflection on Saudi Arabia Journals in ISC
An Introduction to JCR
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) (https://jcr.isc.gov.ir/main.aspx) is derived from international Scientometric standards and is an essential tool for in-depth analysis and ranking of scholarly and professional journals. This tool covers different languages including Persian, English, French, and Arabic. By analyzing citations, Islamic World Journal Citation Reports measures research influence and impact at the journal and category levels and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. Exploring the impact and influence of the Islamic World’s leading scholarly journals is possible by performing direct comparisons of titles using trend analysis. This Product helps researchers keep up with the latest bibliometric developments, track publication and citation patterns to aid strategy and policy making, identify the most influential journals in which to publish articles, determine journal’s influence in the marketplace and review editorial functions.
JCR pursues significant goals in Islamic World:
- Evaluating and ranking journals based on scientometric criteria
- Systematic and objective review of the Islamic World’s leading journals
- Providing the context to understand a journal’s true place in the scholarly world
- Applying a combination of impact metrics, and citing and cited data points to comprise the complete Islamic World citation network.
JCR offers various analysis options:
- journals’ Impact Factors
- journals’ Immediacy Index
- journals’ Cited Half-Life
- journals’ Total Cites
- journals’ Total Articles
- Citing Journals
- Cited Journals
- Journals’ Bibliographic Information
- Advanced Filtering Options
- Trend Analyses
Subject Assignment in JCR
In JCR, there are three levels of subjects: Macro Level, Mid-Level and Micro Level. ISC has assigned subjects according to categorization of Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran until 2016. However, since 2017, subject assignment of ISC in JCR has been done based on international databases categorization, with some slight changes. The Macro Level subjects reported currently in ISC include: Life Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Physical Sciences and Multidisciplinary.
Saudi Arabia has 37 indexed journals in ISC. Iran (1702 journals (479 English journals)), Turkey (318 journals), and Egypt (187 journals) are the first three countries with respect to the number of indexed journals in ISC. As shown in the table above, from among the 37 journals of Saudi Arabia indexed in ISC, 9 are in core collection, 11 are in waiting journals, and the rest are in primary journals. With regard to language, 31 journals are in English and 6 in Arabic.
The subjects covered by Saudi Arabia’s journals include “Arts and Humanities”, “Health Sciences”, “Life Sciences”, “Social Sciences”, “Physical Sciences” and “Multidisciplinary” in Macro Level and “Agricultural and Biological Sciences”, “Dentistry”, “Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics”, “Computer Sciences”, “Multidisciplinary”, “Medicine”, “Humanities”, “Social Sciences”, “Chemistry”, “Chemical Engineering”, “Economics, Econometrics and Finance”, “Environmental Sciences”, “Earth and Planetary Sciences”, “Psychology” in Mid-level.
Based on the data, the journal “Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal” with an Impact Factor of 0.425 is the best journal of Saudi Arabia in ISC. It is Q1 in Macro Level Subject of Life Sciences and Mid-Level Subject of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics. It is in the Core Collection of JCR journals as well.