In June 2019, SAGE Publishing released the five-year 2018 Journal Impact Factor (JIF) for its social science journals. Download the data here. (Source: 2018 Journal Impact Factor, Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019.))
SAGE has long recognized the need to consider multiple measures of journal quality to ensure the creation of a balanced picture regarding impact. In the social sciences, where citation counts rarely accrue as quickly as in other disciplines, the annual Journal Citation Reports (JCR) do not provide an apt indication of research impact. In an effort to reflect this, SAGE is now focused on the five-year Impact Factors of its social science journals, instead of the more typical two-year measure, to encourage a longer-term view. While these measures are only one indication of journal quality - and still fail to capture the influence that research can have on policy, practice, and the public - SAGE’s goal with this announcement is to progress the conversation around improving impact metrics for the social sciences. Read the full press release here.
We’ve been aware for a long time that social science is ill-served by the dominant metrics of measuring journal and article quality; and of the tendency to fetishize the JIF in particular, hence our decision to announce the five-year Impact Factor instead. It’s a small gesture, but the increased focus on impact in recent years has exacerbated this problem. As detailed in my recent post for the LSE Impact Blog, we are keen to help move this conversation along by convening expert voices to reflect on what is a difficult, but important issue in today’s higher education environment.
Ziyad Marar, President of Global Publishing at SAGE
With 627 journals now ranked in the JCR, SAGE continues to experience consistent growth within the reports, achieving a 22% increase over the past five years. In this year’s reports, 90 SAGE journals have received a top 10 category rank, with 6 journals receiving their first Impact Factor (IF). 192 titles are now placed in the top 30% of the JCR, and 53% of SAGE journals are ranked within the top half of their subject category. In the 2018 release SAGE publishes the market leading journal within 16 categories shown below. Visit the Journal Editor Gateway for more.
Write with Purpose, Publish for Impact
"Think about the messages you want to convey with your published writings. Publications can help open new doors and build new networks— so it is important to think about which doors and networks you hope to discover. This collection, originally posted on SAGE MethodSpace and the Textbook and Academic Authors Association blog "Abstract", can help you reflect on the best options and move forward. The material is organized to correspond to writing stages:
Use them to develop the writings and publications that reach your desired audience, and create the impact you hope to achieve."
Over the past five years, discussion over the impact of social science research and how it is measured and understood has become increasingly complex, controversial and contested. A condition that can be succinctly summarized in three quotes.