CiteScore: percentiles

Posted on July 9th, 2018 by Ignacio-Aguaded

Author Ignacio-Aguaded – Translation: Erika-Lucia Gonzalez-Carrion

CiteScore is a recent Scopus metric that measures the relation of citations per article published in the database of this important global indexer that contains 25,300 journals of all specialities. It offers, therefore, key information to the authors to be able to compare and evaluate scientific journals according to their impact factor, called here CiteScore, which is based on the division of the number of citations received among the number of articles published. CiteScore calculates the citations of all the documents of a specific year in all the documents published in the previous three years. That number is divided by the number of documents indexed in Scopus ( published in those same years. It is a very transparent index of citations because it offers links to both the articles published and the citations received.


CiteScore (, together with Scimago Journal Rank (, are the two indexes for measuring citations of the Scopus database, using differentiated parameters that generate different indices: SJR (Scimago) and CiteScore (Scopus directly).


This portal also offers the advantage of monthly updating the information of the journal through the CiteScore Tracker with what we can see the trend (positive or negative) of that publication for its subsequent annual index.

citescore-03CiteScore also offers the information in percentiles, surpassing the classic quartiles (Q1, Q2 …) that generate a very basic information and with that discrimination. The percentiles allow us to know the exact percentage where the publication is positioned within their specialty; thus the 99 percentile indicates that the magazine is in the best 1% of the base.

Finally, the CiteScore Rank is also offered, which makes it possible to easily visualize the journal classified in positioning compared to the others of its specialty.

CiteScore Blog:

Webinar of CiteStore:

CiteScore FAQs:

About Erika-Lucia Gonzalez-Carrion

Erika Lucía González Carrión nació en Loja-Ecuador el 29 de marzo de 1994. Posee una licenciatura en Comunicación Social por la Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) y además una licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educación con mención en Idioma Inglés por la Universidad Nacional de Loja (UNL). En la actulidad cursa el Máster Internacional en Comunicación y Educación Audiovisual, promovido por la Universidad Internacional de Andalucía y la Universidad de Huelva. Además, cuenta con una certificación internacional de conocimiento del Idioma Inglés, dentro del Marco Común Europeo de las Lenguas. Dentro del ámbito de la Comunicación Social investiga el área radiofónica y realiza traducciones de artículos científicos. Erika Lucía González Carrión was born in Loja-Ecuador on March 29th, 1994. She got her bachelor’s degree in Social Communication at Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL) and additionally she got a bachelor’s degree in Sciences of Education, English Language Specialization at Universidad Nacional de Loja (UNL). Nowadays she is studying the Master degree in Communication and Audiovisual Education, promoted by the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and the Universidad de Huelva . Moreover, she has an international certification of knowledge in the English Language, within the Common European Framework of the Languages. In the Social Communication field she investigates the radio and makes translations of scientific articles.
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1 Response to CiteScore: percentiles

  1. Lida Solano says:

    Very interesting information. I totally agree that CiteScore percentiles are very helpful for people interested in publishing a research article in a prestigious journal in Scopus. In fact, CiteScore percentiles permits researchers to compare and evaluate scientific journals according to their impact factor. Thus, reviewing CiteScore percentiles is the first step when the goal is to publish an article.


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