The use of journal metrics is contested and DORA – the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (2013) sought to improve the practices of research evaluation. There remain a large number of metrics used in the evaluation of research and the latest results are now available for Elsevier’s Scopus Citescore and the Impact Factor
Before giving the headline results is pleasing to note that Regional Studies, the original journal of the Association has an impact factor which has risen to 3.312 from 3.074 . A very pleasing outcome placing the journal 8th in Urban and Regional Planning, 14th in Geography, 50th in Economics (out of 371 journals) and 34th in Environmental Studies.
Last week Elsevier released the 2019 Scopus Citescores. This is a new metric which measures the average citations per document that a title receives over a three-year period. We are delighted with the positions of all our journals.
Regional Studies: Citescore 5.8.
8/249 of all general social science journals (top 5%)
Territory Politics Governance: Citescore of 6.1.
8/529 in Politics and International Relations (top 2%)
Spatial Economic Analysis: Citescore 4.0.
13/228 in General Economics, Econometrics and Finance (top 6%)
Area Development and Policy: Citescore of 4.1.
107/1243 in Sociology and Political Science (top 9%)
Regional Studies Regional Science: Citescore 2.1.
303/1243 in the top quartile of Sociology and Political Science category.
Spatial Economic Analysis’ impact factor was 1.628, a slight drop over a highpoint the previous year and placed it 149th in Economics while Territory, Politics, Governance was 2.163 again a slight fall but with rankings of 47th of 180 in Political Studies and 39th in Geography.
We would like to use this opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our authors, referees and especially our hard working editorial teams in achieving these outcomes. It has been hard for so many colleagues globally over the past four months and that makes the volunteer effort of so many working on our journals even more impressive – thank you to all of you.