Journal classification systems use a variety of (partially) overlapping and non-exhaustive subject categories which results in many journals being classified into more than a single subject category. Given a subject category, respective journals are often ranked based on a common metric such as the Journal Impact Factor or SCImago Journal Rank. However, given a specific journal, it might be ranked very differently across its associated subject categories. In this study, we set to explore the possible association between the number of categories a journal is classified to and its associated rankings using the two most widely used indexing systems - Web Of Science and Scopus. Using known distance measures, our results show that a higher number of classified categories per journal is associated with an increased range and variance of the associated rankings within them. Findings and possible implications are discussed.
|Title of host publication||Information for a Better World|
|Subtitle of host publication||Normality, Virtuality, Physicality, Inclusivity - 18th International Conference, iConference 2023, Proceedings|
|Editors||Isaac Sserwanga, Anne Goulding, Heather Moulaison-Sandy, Jia Tina Du, António Lucas Soares, Viviane Hessami, Rebecca D. Frank|
|Publisher||Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - 2023|
|Event||18th International Conference on Information for a Better World: Normality, Virtuality, Physicality, Inclusivity, iConference 2023 - Virtual, Online|
Duration: 13 Mar 2023 → 17 Mar 2023
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|
|Conference||18th International Conference on Information for a Better World: Normality, Virtuality, Physicality, Inclusivity, iConference 2023|
|Period||13/03/23 → 17/03/23|
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- Journal ranking
- Journal subject classification