CiteScore Update

Today, Scopus released the CiteScore for 2019. Additionally, there has been a change in the way it is calculated (see here for old vs. new methodology). This is a great opportunity to have a fresh look at how the open access educational technology journals in our curated list have performed in the past year and to highlight some constants but also some notable changes.

See the updated and curated list here

What hasn’t changed:

As in the past year, Educational Technology & Society (ETS) remains the journal with the most citations per published documents, with a CiteScore for 2019 of 6.3 (2018: 5.0). Despite its brief abstinence and re-opening in 2019, the journal has racked up a total 1.8k citation in the years 2016-2019.

For 2019, two journals have received an identical CiteScore as in the previous year. The International Review of Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) shows an identical citation-to-article ration, yielding a CiteScore of 4.2 for both 2018 and 2019. The same holds true for Research in Learning Technology (RLT) with a CiteScore of 2.4 for both years.

Also, two journals included in the list have still not received a CiteScore, either because they haven’t been around long enough to receive a score or they are currently not indexed in the Scopus database. These are European Journal of Open, Distance, and E-Learning (EURODL) and Pacific Journal of Technology-Enhanced Learning (PJTEL).

What has changed:

One of the most notable changes comes from the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE) with a CiteScore of 5.6 for 2019 (2018: 3.6), putting it just behind ET&S. Another big change comes from the relative newcomer, Research and Practice in Technology-Enhanced Learning (RPTEL). Despite not yet being indexed in 2018*, RPTEL receives a CiteScore of 4.1 for 2019.

Other journals have seen more moderate increases, like Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) with a CiteScore of 3.5 (2018: 2.8), Online Learning Journal (OLJ), with a CiteScore of 2.6 (2018: 2.2), as well as Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME), with a CiteScore of 1.4 (2018: 0.7).

Three journals have received their first CiteScore in 2019*. These are Journal of Learning Analytics (JLA) with 1.0, Contemporary Educational Technology (CET) with 1.1, as well as Frontline Learning Research (FLR) with 0.7.

Finally, the Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology (TOJEL) did nor receive a 2019 CiteScore, despite having received one in the previous years (2018: 0.73; 2017: 0.48)**. This may be due to the changes in methodology of calculating the score and may possibly be corrected soon.

*Please note that due to the change in the CiteScore methodology, Scopus may retrospectively display a score for 2018, despite the journal not actually having received a score in the previous year.

**The numbers are based on the old methodology and are not longer displayed in the database.


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