[Sigmetrics] Journal Scholar Metrics: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences journals in Google Scholar Metrics (2010-2014)

Emilio Delgado López-Cózar edelgado at ugr.es
Tue May 3 07:30:50 EDT 2016

Dear colleagues, we are pleased to announce the launch of Journal 
Scholar Metrics, a bibliometric tool where you’ll find Arts, Humanities, 
and Social Sciences journals ranked by citation-based indicators, based 
on data from Google Scholar Metrics (GSM).

9,196 journals from 82 countries were identified. Nevertheless, we may 
have missed some A&H/SSCI journals due to the strict search limitations 
in GSM. We’ll be grateful if you bring to our attention the existence of 
any of these journals, or any other kind of error that you come across.

Journals are grouped into 22 subject categories. In each subject 
categorie journals are sorted by their h5-index. At the moment we have 
excluded journals written in any alphabet other than Latin (Arabic, 
Hebrew, Cyrillic, Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Japanese…). It’s also worth 
remembering that currently, GSM only displays journals that have 
published at least 100 articles between 2010 and 2014, and have received 
at least one citation for those articles.

The main features of this product are:

-	It’s the first time that all A&H and SSCI journals in GSM are 
-	It’s the first time the impact of journals according to Google 
Scholar is assessed excluding journal self-references (citations to a 
journal from that same journal)
-	Two new indicators are presented: sum of citations of articles that 
contribute to the h5-index (including and excluding self-references), as 
well as the percentage of citations that are self-references. The 
h5-index including and excluding self-references is also displayed.
-	We use a new classification system: journals are classified as core 
or related on a given subject categorie depending on the level to which 
they are linked to said subject categorie. To do this, we use the 
classification systems in other multidisciplinary and specialized 
bibliographic databases and journal directories.
-	Results can be displayed by category, or by country of publication.

You may find more information on the website:


The goal of this tool is to overcome the limitations of Google Scholar 
Metrics. In GSM, only top journals written in English are classified 
into subject categories (top 100 according to their h5-index), and only 
20 journals are shown in each subcategory. Journals written in languages 
other than English (Chinese, Portuguese, German, Spanish, French, 
Korean, Japanese, Dutch, and Italian) aren’t classified in any subject 
category, and only the top 100 according to their h5-index are displayed 
in the language rankings. Therefore, the immense majority of journals in 
GSM (hidden behind a search feature that will only display 20 journals 
for any given query) isn’t classified in any subject category, nor is 
grouped by country or language of publication.

I hope you find this information interesting.

Kind regards,

Emilio Delgado López-Cózar
Facultad de Comunicación y Documentación
Universidad de Granada

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