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Effective Database Searching: CiteScore

This guide to key library databases helps you decide which databases to use and assists you in searching them more effectively.

Search for CiteScore metrics


CiteScore is an alternative to the journal Impact Factor providing another way to analyze a journal publication's influence.  It represents the average citations that a title receives for peer-reviewed documents up through a four-year period.  A benefit of CiteScore is broader coverage of almost twice as many journals compared to that of the journal impact factor. Additionally, CiteScore Tracker provides an up-to-date view of how a journal is performing throughout the course of the year as it builds monthly.

The calculation of CiteScore for the current year is based on the number of citations received by a journal in the last 4 years (including the calculation year), divided by the number of documents published in the journal in those four years. Note: Document types include: articles, reviews, conference papers, data papers and book chapters. 


  • CiteScore should only be used to compare related journals (not across different disciplines)

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