Historical Social Research

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:

SocINDEX with Full Text (Ebsco)

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 (2017: 26.610), coming almost exclusively from universities, libraries and research institutions, came from 65 countries; two of three 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 2017 were the 57,385 html views in full text, and 45,650 full-text downloads in PDF, averaging 8,586 downloads per month in total. Users from 118 countries access HSR content via JSTOR.

Social Science Citation Index

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; in 2017 there were 443 citations from the Web of Science Core Collection, whereby the h-index improved to 13 in 2017.

Metrics 2006-2017 (15 March 2018)
Results found887
Sum of the times cited1873

Sum of the times cited without self-citations

Citing articles1249
Citing articles without self-citations1064
Average citations per article2,11

Google Scholar

Google Scholar has also recently started to deliver a journal ranking. Of all German journals across all fields of research, the HSR has taken 10th place with an h5 index of 16 (h articles between 2011 and 2015 have h number of citations).

By means of Publish or Perish, 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 43.

Google Scholar/Publish or Perish