Another milestone! PeerJ Computer Science is now included in Web of Science SCIE

Earlier this month the PeerJ team heard some expected but still exciting news about the official inclusion of PeerJ Computer Science in Web of Science’s Science Citation Index Expanded database. The Science Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index and fully indexes over 8,500 major journals across 150 disciplines – 1988 to present. We are thrilled to hear that PeerJ Computer Science will soon be added to this important database, widely used by the scientific community for article search and discovery.

Our mission at PeerJ is to make Open Access research affordable and easier for more and more researchers. Central to this mission is to ensure that our research is highly discoverable meaning it can be found and accessed by millions of researchers around the world. As such, we welcome additional coverage in all indexing services that enable our authors’ work to be made more discoverable, and we are pleased to be included in the Web of Science.

PeerJ Computer Science is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal publishing since 2015. Publications are already indexed in Google Scholar, dblp, CiteSeerX, Scopus, DOAJ, the Proquest databases, OCLC, and ScienceOpen. We also expect to be indexed in other locations such as the ACM Digital Library, Microsoft Academic Search, etc.

SCIE and 2019 Impact Factor

Inclusion in the Web of Science SCIE also means that PeerJ Computer Science will receive a ‘2019 Impact Factor’ later next year. Whilst we appreciate the importance many researchers still place on the Impact Factor as a measure of journal quality, PeerJ believes in responsible usage of this metric, especially as it relates to individual journal articles. We believe that the individual research article is best assessed on its own merits, rather than the aggregate citation count for the entire journal in which the work is published, hence the reason we signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

But we also understand that publishing in a journal with an Impact Factor is still a draw for many academics. As such, we are thrilled to announce PeerJ Computer Science is now included in this group. We hope that this news encourages more scientists to submit their work to PeerJ Computer Science and benefit from our fast publishing platform, rigorous peer review, and affordable open access options.

Learn more about PeerJ’s indexing and impact metrics. You can view other notable PeerJ milestones in our publishing timeline.

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