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Clarivate listed nursing journals in 2020: What they publish and how they measure use of social media

Watson, Roger; Younas, Ahtisham; Rehman, Salma Abdul; Ali, Parveen Azam


Ahtisham Younas

Salma Abdul Rehman

Parveen Azam Ali


Objectives: To investigate what the most common types of articles that nursing journals purport to publish are and what they actually publish. And to investigate the extent to which academic nursing journals listed by Clarivate track alternative metrics. Methods: Journals included in the nursing Journal Citation Report (JCR) journal category in 2019 described as nursing were identified and considered suitable for inclusion in the analysis. Instructions for authors were reviewed online and mention of each type of article is identified. The tables of contents of each issue of each journal published during 2019 were examined and the types of articles published were extracted to a spreadsheet into permitted article types and published articles. Likewise, the use of alternative metrics by each journal was extracted to a spreadsheet. Pearson's and Spearman's correlation analysis was applied to investigate the relationship between articles permitted and articles published. Results: In the 2020 JCR, 123 journals were listed. The most common article type permitted was original research (n = 117), followed by review papers (n = 116), and discussion papers (n = 63). Original research (n = 7045); review papers (n = 1268); discussion papers (n = 1225); editorials (n = 793) and commentaries (n = 776) were the most commonly published categories of the article. Of journals examined, 108 (96.8%) tracked mentions on social media and the Altmetric score was most commonly used (75%). There was a strong correlation (r = 0.73; P = 0.002) between the numbers of articles permitted and published and a strong correlation (ρ = 0.86; P < 0.001) in terms of the rankings of the permitted and published articles. Conclusions: There is a relationship between the most frequently permitted article types and those published, especially for the most frequent categories of both. Original articles, review papers, and discussion papers are the backbone of academic publishing in nursing with original articles vastly outweighing review and discussion papers. Most Clarivate listed journals now use some method of tracking alternative metrics indicating how seriously publishers take their social media profiles.


Watson, R., Younas, A., Rehman, S. A., & Ali, P. A. (2021). Clarivate listed nursing journals in 2020: What they publish and how they measure use of social media. Frontiers of Nursing, 8(4), 429-436.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 27, 2021
Online Publication Date Dec 30, 2021
Publication Date 2021-12
Journal Frontiers of Nursing
Electronic ISSN 2544-8994
Volume 8
Issue 4
Pages 429-436
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