European Science Editing 48: e73949, doi: 10.3897/ese.2022.e73949
CiteScores of cardiology and cardiovascular journals indexed in Scopus in 2019: A bibliometric analysis
expand article infoZahra Zolfaghari, Nasrin Shokrpour§, Leila Ghahramani, Pooneh Sarveravan
‡ Medical Journalism Department, Faculty of Paramedical Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran, Shiraz, Iran§ English Department, Faculty of Paramedical Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran; Clinical Education Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
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Background: Citations are considered a measure of the scientific impact of research articles. CiteScore is a standard metric, based on the Scopus database, of the number of times articles in a given journal were cited during a given period relative to the number of articles published by that journal during that period.

Objectives: To investigate the factors associated with CiteScores of journals on cardiology and cardiovascular diseases and indexed in Scopus in 2019.

Methods: This cross-sectional, descriptive-analytical study examined 338 journals to analyse the correlation between CiteScore and such other variables and parameters as coverage by indexing services (databases), type of access, language, type of published articles, age of the journal (year of establishment), H-Index, Scimago Journal Rank, and the quartile of the journal.

Results: CiteScore of a journal was positively correlated to the following variables or parameters: coverage by PubMed, Web  of Science, and EMBASE (p < 0.001), articles    in English (p < 0.001), age of the journal (p = 0.001), publishing review articles (p =  0.23), H-Index (p < 0.001), and Scimago Journal Rank (p < 0.001).

Conclusion: Coverage of a journal in international databases, especially in PubMed, Web of Science, and EMBASE, is critical to increasing its visibility. Publishing review articles, which tend to be cited more often because they serve as comprehensive sources of information, can increase the CiteScore of a journal. Also, publishing more articles in English contributes to the number of times articles in a journal are cited.


Abstracting and indexing, cardiology journals, CiteScore, Journal Impact Factor, H-Index, PubMed, Scimago Journal Rank, Scopus