The UOC's scientific journals, in the Journal Citations Reports

Subject:  Multidisciplinary
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The latest edition of the JCR's annual report includes most of the journals published or co-published by the University and provides new citation metrics.

The data in the leading international scientific publication reference indices on the visibility and impact of journals published or co-published by the UOC have been positive. The annual reports provided by Scopus' SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Clarivate Analytics' Journal Citations Reports (JCR) make it possible to analyse the importance of scientific journals in the international scientific literature.

Artnodes, BiD, Digithum, Internet Policy Review and IDP have been added to the JCR tool for the first time, thanks to this year's new metric, the JCI (Journal Citation Indicator), which shows each publication's individual impact in its scientific discipline. The most recent SJR and JCR results confirm the good ranking achieved by the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE) in its fields of knowledge.


The journal, which specializes in e-learning in higher education, has experienced significant improvement in all reference citation impact indices and is now in the first quartile (Q1) of both the Journal Citations Reports and the SCImago Journal Rank. In this latter case, it also ranks fifth in the category of international journals in the field of online education and first for open access.

The journal's results have also improved significantly with regard to the Journal Impact Factor (JIF), an indicator based on the number of citations received that enables the journal to be compared with other publications in the same discipline. Its rating has gone from 3.08 in 2019 to 4.944 in 2020, placing it in 18th place (of a total of 264) in the ranking of general education publications.

Changes to the JCR

In 2021, Clarivate Analytics has increased the coverage of its Journal Citation Reports (JCR), including for the first time journals indexed in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index and Emerging Sources Citation Index databases. However, their impact factor is not calculated.

As a result of this change, almost all UOC journals are now included in recognition of their growth and the quality of their content within their respective fields of knowledge.

In addition to this new approach for the JCR, Clarivate Analytics has added a new metric for the analysis of scientific journals, the JCI (Journal Citation Indicator), to give priority to the calculation of the citation impact of articles, regardless of the subject category of the journal in which they are published. Furthermore, open access is now included as a relevant criterion for the resulting ranking.

Data on UOC journals

In accordance with Library and Learning Resources’ indexing and visibility plan, and following the publication of the main impact indices, the data reflect a recognition of the scientific quality of the UOC's academic journals.

Another significant milestone is the addition of Dictatorships & Democracies and Artnodes to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), as they have fulfilled the quality criteria requirements.

Impact and visibility of the UOC’s scientific journals