New Scopus CiteScore for Vegetation Classification and Survey

25 June 2024

The latest Scopus CiteScore (2023) for the journal Vegetation Classification and Survey - released in early June 2024 - stands at 2.5. This is the second Scopus CiteScore for the youngest journal of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS) after it was accepted for indexation by Scopus following rigorous assessment in 2022. This year’s result shows a significant increase from last year’s 2, reports ARPHA’s Indexing team.

Vegetation Classification and Survey was launched in 2020 in collaboration between IAVS and Pensoft on the open-access scholarly publisher’s ARPHA platform. Ever since, the journal has been addressing an academic gap in the study of vegetation and its classification regardless of organisational and spatial scales.

Earlier this year, Vegetation Classification and Survey was accepted for indexation by Clarivate’s Web of Science, which means that the journal is expected to receive its first Journal Impact Factor next year.

Traditionally announced in June, the Scopus CiteScore is a dynamic academic metric that reflects the citation rate of the content published in a particular journal over the last period. A Scopus CiteScore is estimated for each journal indexed in Scopus: the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

To estimate the CiteScore, Scopus counts the citations of five types of peer-reviewed publications (i.e. research /  review / conference / data papers and book chapters) received in the last four complete years, before dividing the number by the same document types published during this period. Only citations made by content published in other journals indexed in Scopus are counted towards the CiteScore.

So, the latest CiteScore (titled “CiteScore 2023” as 2023 is the last complete year) is the result of dividing the number of citations from 2020 to 2023 by the number of papers published in the journal in the same period.

In addition to the annually updated CiteScore, Scopus provides another even more dynamic metric: the CiteScore Tracker. While it uses the same formula as the CiteScore, the CiteScore Tracker is updated at the beginning of each month, as it counts citations and publications from the current year. So, the current CiteScore Tracker for Vegetation Classification and Survey uses data from Scopus from 2021 to the last complete month of 2024.

The latest Scopus CiteScore and the CiteScore Tracker are automatically displayed on the journal website’s homepage. They also appear in the journal’s newsletter.


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