Publication and citation data for the thirty journals listed in the Dermatology & VenerealDiseases category of the 1996 edition of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) on CDROM andseven dermatology journals not listed in the JCR-1996 were retrieved online from DIMDI andanalysed with respect to short- and long-term impact factors, ratios of cited to uncited papers, aswell as knowledge export and international visibility.The short-term impact factors (calculated according to the rules applied in the JCR) are verysimiliar to their JCR counterparts; thus there are only minor changes in the rankings according toJCR impact factors and those calculated on the basis of online data. The non-JCR journals rankwithin the upper (two titles) and the lower third of the 37 journals (one title being at the upper endof the last third and the other four titles being at the very end of the list). Ranking the journalsaccording to their long-term impact factors results in no major changes of a journal's position.Normalized mean citation rates which give a more direct impression of a journals's citedness inrelation to the average citedness of its subfield are also shown.Ratios of cited to uncited papers parallel in general the impact factors, i.e., journals withhigher (constructed) impact factors have a higher percentage of cited papers. For each journal, theGini concentration coefficient was calculated as a measure of unevenness of the citationdistribution. In general, journals with higher (constructed) impact factors have higher Ginicoefficients, i.e., the higher the impact factors the more uneven the citation distribution.Knowledge export and international visibility were measured by determination of the distinctcategories to which the citing journals have been assigned ("citing subfields") and of the distinctcountries to which the citing authors belong ("citing countries"), respectively. Each journalexhibits a characteristic profile of citing subfields and citing countries. Normalized rankingsbased on knowledge export and international visibility (relating the number of published papers tothe number of distinct subfields and distinct countries) are to a large extent different compared tothe impact factor rankings. It is concluded that the additional data given, especially the data onknowledge export and international visibility, are necessary ingredients of a comprehensivedescription of a journal's significance and its position within its subject category.
A study is described of the rank/JIF (Journal Impact Factor) distributions in the high-coverage Scopus database, using recent
data and a three-year citation window. It includes a comparison with an older study of the Journal Citation Report categories
and indicators, and a determination of the factors most influencing the distributions. While all the specific subject areas
fit a negative logarithmic law fairly well, those with a greater External JIF have distributions with a more sharply defined
peak and a longer tail—something like an iceberg. No S-shaped distributions, such as predicted by Egghe, were found. A strong
correlation was observed between the knowledge export and import ratios. Finally, data from both Scopus and ISI were used
to characterize the rank/JIF distributions by subject area.
The capacity to attract citations from other disciplines — or knowledge export — has always been taken into account in evaluating
the quality of scientific papers or journals. Some of the JCR’s (ISI’s Journal Citation Report) Subject Categories have a greater exporting character than others because they are less isolated. This influences the rank/JIF
(ISI’s Journal Impact Factor) distribution of the category. While all the categories fit a negative power law fairly well,
those with a greater External JIF give distributions with a more sharply defined peak and a longer tail — something like an
iceberg. One also observes a major relationship between the rates of export and import of knowledge.
reference discipline. We acknowledge that as a fledgling reference discipline, IS continues to import more knowledge than it exports—especially from those journals representing the shared base of all COB disciplines. However, the steady increase in knowledge