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Bibliometrics and Citation Tracking: SJR

SJR (SCImago Journal & Country Rank)

Paper on SJR

Visualisation Tools

The SJR also will create maps or bubble charts based on a subject citation relationship. There are a variety of visualisation tools which you can try and the visualisation section of the SJR website.

What is SJR?

Developed by Professor Félix de Moya, Research Professor at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, SCImago Journal Rank is a prestige metric based on the idea that ‘all citations are not created equal’. With SJR, the subject field, quality and reputation of the journal has a direct effect on the value of a citation. The SJR

  • Is weighted by the prestige of the journal, thereby ‘leveling the playing field’ among journals
  • Eliminates manipulation: raise the SJR ranking by being published in more reputable journals
  • ‘Shares’ a journal’s prestige equally over the total number of citations in that journal
  • Normalizes for differences in citation behavior between subject fields

SJR uses Elsevier (Scopus) citation data.

Example of SJR Journal and Country Rankings

An example of journals for the subject area of analytical chemistry ranked according to their SJR score.

A table showing journals ranked by SJR scores.



Background on SJR

The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database (Elsevier).

The SJR was developed by the SCImago Research Group from the Google PageRank algorithm.