Journal Impact

The journal impact has become a significant criteria to define the value of of an academic journal. For example, in 2011, the European Science Foundation has admitted the HSR to the category of “international top-journal (INT1 Sub-Category).”

A selection of other important indicators you can find here:

The HSR has had a working relationship with Ebsco for the database SocINDEX with Full Text since 2006. For license holders, all publications of the HSR since Volume 28 (2003) are available in full text. The online release of HSR articles coincides with the print publication, which has – particularly in the last years – helped to contribute to the worldwide reception of contributions to the HSR.

The downloads (2020: 30,278), coming almost exclusively from universities, libraries and research institutions, came from 67 countries; just under 50% of users accessing material through Ebsco are from the USA. 

Since August 2011, the HSR and HSR Supplement have been included in JSTOR (without Moving Wall). The most relevant statistics for 2020 were the 170,467 full-text downloads, averaging 14,206 downloads per month in total. Users from 176 countries access HSR content via JSTOR.

Since 2006, the HSR has been represented in the Social Science Citation Index from Thompson Scientific / Clarivate. The development of citations in the SSCI is positive – the 100-mark was reached in 2011; as of 24.02.2021, there were 715 citations from the Web of Science Core Collection, whereby the h-index reached 20.

Metrics 2006-2021 (24 February 2021)
Results found1093
Sum of the times cited4239

Sum of the times cited without self-citations

Citing articles3108
Citing articles without self-citations2817
Average citations per article3.88


By means of Google Scholar's citations, it is possible to discern a journal’s impact through the cumulated citations of all HSR articles over longue durée (the maximum number of papers included is 1000). Over a longer period of time, the HSR has an h-index of 57.

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