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CiteScore Revealed: More Transparency, More Clarity

on Wed, 04/26/2017 - 21:51

For metrics to be understood and trusted, clarity into how they work and are calculated is important. When CiteScore was first introduced, we shared the methodology behind the calculation. Now we are taking transparency a step further by enabling you to validate any CiteScore value by clicking into the numerator (citations) and denominator (documents).

What this means for you.

If you have access to Scopus:

When viewing the Source details page for a serial title on Scopus, you can see the data behind the CiteScore calculation by clicking on either the citation or document count. This opens a window where you can toggle between the list of documents and citations. In addition, if you’re logged in, you can even export the information into a CSV file.

If you do not have full access to Scopus:

If your institution does not subscribe to Scopus, you still have the ability to see the data behind the calculation, for up to 200 documents or citations. But stay tuned because this number cap is due to be removed in the coming months, allowing anyone to validate CiteScore metrics regardless of whether or not they subscribe to Scopus.

Try it now. Go to to get started.

Follow an Example:

Let’s look at the title Mathematical Programming Computation, published by Springer Nature. With a 2015 CiteScore value of 4.68, this title is ranked #5 out of 118 titles in its field, placing it in the 96th percentile. To determine exactly how the 4.68 CiteScore value was derived, go to the Source details page on Scopus, find the calculation and click on the numerator (citations).

This opens the list of 192 citing documents used for the calculation.  

From this window, you can also toggle to the list of 41 documents used for the denominator.


Learn more about CiteScore metrics:

CiteScore metrics at-a-glance

Download the CiteScore metrics Brochure

Watch how to find and compare CiteScore metrics on

Read a Case Study: CiteScore metrics are suitable to address different situations – a case study