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Major journals called-out for self-citation which boost rankings

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A number of journals have been suppressed from the annual Web of Science Journal Citation Reports (JCR) due to excessive journal self-citation, according to a press release. Self-citation can boost a journals rankings.

Clarivate announced that 33 journals have been suppressed from the 2020 report and Editorial Expression of Concern has been issued for 15 journals.

Editorial Expression of Concerns are issued when a small number of articles in a journal have a high number of citations to articles in the same journal. These journals will be monitored more closely.

Some major journals, including JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, which has an Impact Factor greater than 10, were flagged, according to a report from Retraction Watch.

Publishers for some of the journals include Elsevier (9 suppressed), Springer Nature (7), Taylor & Francis (6), and Wiley (5).

Read the full Web of Science Journal Citation Reports here.

More from the Retraction Watch report can be found here

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