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The Clarivate Controversy: How CiteScore Rank Provides a Response to Arbitrary Delisting

Zaman, Khalid (2023): The Clarivate Controversy: How CiteScore Rank Provides a Response to Arbitrary Delisting. Forthcoming in: Research Letters , Vol. 1, No. 1 (26 March 2023): pp. 1-3.

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Clarivate Analytics, a leading provider of scientific and scholarly research solutions, recently announced the delisting 82 journals from its Web of Science core collection. This decision has far-reaching consequences for publishers, authors, and the broader academic community, as these delisted journals will lose their reputations, impact factors, and recognition, even though many have been publishing for over a decade. In this research article, we argue that Clarivate's decision is arbitrary and unfair. It undermines the efforts of reputable publishers who have worked hard to establish their journals as credible academic research sources. We propose that publishers and university journals consider creating their indexing services based on the CiteScore formula, which measures the number of citations of papers in a journal relative to the total number of published papers. This would provide an alternative solution to the problem of arbitrary delisting and empower publishers to take control of academic publishing.

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