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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 per document that a title receives over a three-year period.  It's robust not only for its medium range three-year window but also for its consistent calculation of all document types including letters, editorials, conference papers, news items, corrections, etc. in both the numerator and denominator of the formula (current year citation count / documents from the previous 3 years).  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.


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

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