Cancellation of Web of Science and JCR

Access to Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and Web of Science (WoS) will end on 31st December 2016.

Support for current users of WoS and JCR

Cancellation decision

The decision to cancel followed an in-depth process where, the following groups were consulted:

  • IRAG (Information Resources Advisory Group) – a cross-divisional panel of Library resource experts (sub-committee of Library Committee)
  • Library Committee
  • Research Committee
  • Academic Board
  • All academics via the Library Liaison Officers responsible for each College/subject area

Following a thorough assessment of the feedback received, the proposal was accepted by the committees above and endorsed by the Senior Management Team.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) reasons for cancellation:

  • decline in usage
  • cost increase
  • availability of alternative journal metrics data

Web of Science (WoS) reasons for cancellation:

  • decline in usage
  • duplication with other resources
  • cost compared to Scopus (a similar indexing service)