Nordicom Review Reaches Top Quartile in Prestigious Journal Ranking

Nordicom Review continues to climb in the various performance metrics assembled by Scopus. For the first time ever, the open access journal published by Nordicom is now included in the top quartile for communication journals in the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), which measures a journal’s scientific prestige.

As far as rankings go, 2020 was the best year ever for the 41-year-old journal, which is devoted to publishing new research on media, mediated communication and journalism in the Nordic region. In 2020, Nordicom Review recorded a CiteScore of 1.8 – as compared with 1.2 in 2019. CiteScore is a citation average measure assembled by Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database for peer-reviewed research.

– Over the past several years, Nordicom Review has been experiencing a steady growth in the Scopus metrics, in both absolute and relative terms, says Jonas Ohlsson, director of Nordicom and editor-in-chief of Nordicom Review. This means that the journal is not only receiving more citations in other scientific journals, but the increase in citations is also higher than that of most international journals in our field.

Scopus cite score 2020 based on articles published between 2017 och 2020.  Source: Scopus.

For the first time ever, Nordicom Review is now included in the top quartile for Communication journals in the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), which measures the average prestige of the journals in which a journal’s articles are being cited.

– This tells us that there is a growing interest for Nordic perspectives also in the larger, high-ranking journals. The new SJR figures indicate that Nordicom Review is increasingly considered an authority on new Nordic media research by the international research community, says Ohlsson.

Nordicom Review is an Open Access digital-only journal published without article processing charges (APCs) for authors. The journal is operated by a complete in-house editorial team at Nordicom, who provides customised marketing efforts for each article published.

– We have been working systematically to increase the quality and impact of our journal for quite a few years now. In order to be successful in the highly competitive world of academic publishing, one must excel in every step of the publication process, from submission to dissemination and marketing. It is very reassuring that even a small, independent journal like ours is able to rise in the global rankings, says Ohlsson

Read more about the 2020 Scopus metrics here.

About Nordicom Review

Nordicom Review is an international Open Access journal that provides a dedicated forum for articles that contribute to a wider understanding of media, mediated communication, and journalism in the Nordic region. The journal adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy and articles are published on a digital-only continuous basis on the Sciendo publishing platform. Nordicom Review has an open submission policy year-round. Nordicom Review is published by Nordicom at the University of Gothenburg. The journal is funded with support from the Nordic Council of Ministers.
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