Reviewed by: Audrey Powers, Associate Librarian for the College of The Arts (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Matt Torrence, Associate Librarian for the Natural Sciences (email@example.com), University of South Florida
Name of the Vendor: Clarivate
Purchase Model: Subscription
Cost/FTE: See Additional Comments. Contact https://clarivate.com/contact-
Type of Database: Original Content, Journal Metrics
Audience: Undergraduate, Graduate, Specialized
Library Type: Academic, Special
What is included? Journal Evaluations
Comments: The technical service, training, and support from Clarivate is excellent. Their timely responses, as well as live and web-based instruction sessions provide great assistance and value to the busy library professional. Be sure to reach out to them when designing or planning any tutorials or instruction related to the JCR and other Web of Science elements.
Pros: The new interface expands and improves many of the visual and statistical outputs, providing more value to scholars, researchers, and administrators. For core and well-defined areas of teaching and research, the JCR remains among the most important and trusted bibliometric tools. In many areas of the sciences and social sciences, the JCR is an absolute must for preparing promotion and tenure applications, or evaluating a scholar and the journals in which they have published.
Cons: Coverage and journal level metrics for the Arts and Humanities is limited; however, quantifying artistic and creative outputs is challenging. The JCR has expanded journal coverage in these subjects, but other resources can be used when researching this type of information for scholars in these disciplines. Although it takes a few clicks to get to the journal ranking within the category or categories in which it is classified, Clarivate agreed to make this more prominent based on user feedback.
Additional Comments: The JCR is a component of Web of Science which was originally published as ISI’s (Institute for Scientific Research) Science Citation Index which is a well-known, classic source for information in the sciences.
A quote from Clarivate about pricing: There are a host of factors that affect the price. To subscribe to JCR, an institution has to have a subscription to Web of Science; JCR is part of an InCites platform subscription. The JCR can also be subscribed to (within that WoS-precondition) as a package with Essential Science Indicators.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.