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SAGE Publishing reports continued growth in the 2018 Journal Citation Reports (Source: 2017 Web of Science Data)

July 18, 2018

SAGE Publishing, one of the world’s leading independent academic and professional publishers, today reported continued strong performance and growth across its journals portfolio in the 2018 Journal Citation Reports (Source: 2017  Web of Science Data).

In the 2018 reports, 12 SAGE journals were added, bringing the total number ranked to 597, a 28% increase over the past five years. In this year’s reports, 67% of SAGE journals saw increased Impact Factors (IF), which is higher than the overall percentage of ranked titles seeing increases. 185 titles are now placed in the top 30% of the JCR, with over 90 journals receiving a top 10 category rank and 54% of SAGE journals ranked within the top half of their subject category. In the 2018 release SAGE publishes the market leading journal within 11 categories, shown below.

In the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) category SAGE has 408 titles listed, a 32% increase over the last five years. Of those titles, 70% received an increased IF, five of which represent newly ranked titles for SAGE. 119 journals are now placed in the top 25% of the JCR rankings for the SSCI category and in the 2018 reports SAGE publishes the market-leading journal within nine SSCI categories:

Criminology & Penology; Education & Educational Research; Education, Special; Family Studies; Geography; Psychology, Social; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary; Social Work; Women’s Studies.

Of particular note across the SSCI portfolio is Trauma, Violence, & Abuse which, with an IF of 4.329, maintained its position as the #1 ranked journal in Social Work and increased its #2 position in Criminology & Penology and Family Studies from last year to become the leading journal in both categories. Human Relations, is also now ranked No. 1 for 5-year IF in the Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary category, with an IF of 4.359. Dialogues in Human Geography received its first ever IF of 10.214, making it the market leading journal in its category.

As a result of strategic acquisitions and organic growth across the medical, engineering and technology disciplines, SAGE is marked out as one of the top five publishers of medical journals in the world. Over the past five years SAGE has seen a 54% increase in the number of titles indexed in the Science Citation Index (SCI) and this year saw 234 journals ranked, a 7.8% increase from the number of titles ranked in last year’s reports. 43 journals are also now ranked in the top 25% of their SCI category.

In the 2018 reports SAGE publishes the market leading journal within two SCI categories:

Orthopaedics; and Rehabilitation (SCI).  

Of particular note across the SCI portfolio are both the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease, both of which received their first impact factors at 5.789 and 4.900 respectively. The American Journal of Sports Medicine retained its position as the market leading journal in orthopaedics with an IF of 6.057 and a 15% increase was also seen with Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair with an IF of 4.711, making it the leading journal in Rehabilitation (SCI). The Neuroscientist maintained its position as the #18 ranked journal in the Neurosciences with an IF of 7.461 and The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry increased its impact factor by 1.048 (26%) to 5.084, achieving a 18/142 ranking in Psychiatry.

Speaking about the JCR, Bob Howard, Senior Vice President of Journals Editorial, SAGE Publishing remarked:

Although just one measure to assess journal quality, it is pleasing to see year on year increasing JCR Impact Factors across our portfolio. This is a strong reflection of the commitment and skill of our editors, authors and the dedicated teams within our organisation who support them. Alongside these reports, we have long recognized the need to consider multiple measures of journal quality to ensure the creation of a balanced picture regarding research impact and are committed to working alongside the academic community to best navigate the complexities of these challenges.”

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Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 1000 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne.

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