We’re proud of the impact our journals have - from citations to social media shares; from advancing discovery within individual disciplines to affecting public discourse and policymaking. On this page you can find some information and resources on BMC journals' metrics and impact.
BMC and impact
In 2017 BMC became a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), the commitment to move away from a single measure of a journal’s impact (Impact Factor) to the provision of a wider set of metrics and measurements.
What other journal metrics are available?
A number of journal-level metrics have emerged over recent years in an effort to broaden the evaluation of scholarly journals. The list below provides a brief explanation of the metrics we display (where available) on our journal websites.
Speed and usage are updated early in the calendar year and reflect the previous calendar year. Citation impact details are updated in the middle of the calendar year following the release of these metrics by both Clarivate Analytics and Scopus.
What does compliancy with DORA mean in practice?
BMC has been compliant with the majority of DORA recommendations for some time, and a commitment to reducing emphasis on Impact Factor is the final step in enacting DORA practices in research assessment. We are committed to the following recommendations:
- Greatly reduce emphasis on the journal impact factor as a promotional tool, ideally by ceasing to promote the impact factor or by presenting the metric in the context of a variety of journal-based metrics that provide a richer view of journal performance.
- Make available a range of article-level metrics to encourage a shift toward assessment based on the scientific content of an article rather than publication metrics of the journal in which it was published.
- Encourage responsible authorship practices and the provision of information about the specific contributions of each author.
Find out what the entire declaration means here.