There are known errors and problems with Scopus indexing our journals. We ask to please contact Scopus for any complaints about this. Scopus-derived journal metrics like Citescore, Scimago SJR (see comments here), SNIP etc that rely on Scopus data are inaccurate (they are underestimations).
The fundamental problem is that all articles published by JMIR Publications (which publishes over 30 journals) are erroneously attributed to the Journal of Medical Internet Research. This inflates the denominator of the CiteScore (and depresses the CiteScore artificially - the true CiteScore is higher). The problem has been brought to attention of Scopus repeatedly, but unfortunately has still not been fixed as of Sep 2021. Apparently, Scopus is "scraping" our websites rather than using sources like PubMed or CrossRef to collect accurate metadata including the correct journal name. For example, the screenshot below shows 3356 documents (2017-2020) as denominator, attributed to the J Med Internet Res, while the true number is 2854 according to PubMed.
Also, many JMIR journals are still not indexed in Scopus. Scopus is owned by Elsevier and journal titles that are not owned by Elsevier are often not indexed in an accurate or timely manner. For example, it took Elsevier 5 years to finally include JMIR mHealth and uHealth in Scopus in 2018, after a series of questionable CSAB reviews (that for example claimed that the journal was not cited enough, while in reality, it is a top-ranked journal by impact factor according to Clarivate). JMIR Medical Informatics publishes since 2013 and was only indexed in 2020. Similarly, JMIR Serious Games was applied for in 2014 and rejected in 2017 for alleged "lack of citations", while at the same time we received an Impact Factor from Clarivate of 2.2 for 2017, 3.351 for 2018, and 4.143 for 2020, which clearly shows that the journal is well cited. Similarly, it took 7 years for Scopus to decide to index JMIR Res Protoc as well as JMIR Mental Health, and most other JMIR journals are still not included.
As a result of these clear biases, errors and delays to index innovative journals with emerging research topics, we discourage authors and research users to use Scopus or any journal quality metrics derived from Scopus (Citescore, Scimago SJR, SNIP) as a proxy for journal quality. Also, we are not recommending their products for scientific work such as systematic reviews because of their significant lag time in covering journals especially in the health technology field (17 out of 30 JMIR journals are approved/ indexed in Scopus!). JMIR authors of systematic reviews are advised that solely relying on Scopus as bibliographic database will overlook a significant proportion of the literature (Pubmed should always be included!).
Currently indexed or approved for indexing by Scopus are:
- Journal of Medical Internet Research
- JMIR mHealth and uHealth (approved July 1st, 2018)
- JMIR Research Protocols (approved October 9, 2019)
- JMIR Human Factors (approved Jan 11, 2020)
- JMIR Mental Health (approved March 1, 2020)
- JMIR Serious Games (approved May 1, 2020)
- JMIR Medical Informatics (approved May 1, 2020)
- JMIR Formative Research (approved May 1, 2020)
- Journal of Participatory Medicine (approved May 1, 2020)
- JMIR Diabetes (approved May 12, 2020)
- JMIR Cancer (approved May 12, 2020)
- JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting (approved May 12, 2020)
- JMIR Medical Education (approved May 12, 2020)
- JMIR Aging (approved May 12, 2020)
- JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies (approved May 12, 2020)
- JMIR Cardio (approved May 12, 2020)
- JMIR Public Health and Surveillance (approved May 12, 2020)
Other journals by JMIR Publications are still "under evaluation" with Elsevier unfortunately not providing any timeline or criteria or justification for not indexing them.
Scopus Title Suggestions
Elsevier is solely responsible for the content selection policy of Scopus and its' interpretation
- Please direct any further complaints about non-coverage of some JMIR journals and other inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We encourage users to fill in the title suggestion form at https://suggestor.step.scopus.com/suggestTitle/step3.cfm.
- Please note that the publisher name is "JMIR Publications" (Canada).
- The journal ISSN can be found at the bottom of the journal homepage
Omissions of JMIR articles or misattribution to the wrong journal in Scopus is unfortunately not uncommon. JMIR Publications is not responsible for missing articles in Scopus - Scopus is an Elsevier product. Our articles are available open access and in XML. Gaps in indexing and missing articles are entirely the responsibility of Elsevier.
- Please search whether your article is in https://www.scopus.com/sources.uri
- You can file a request to add a missing JMIR article to Scopus via https://service.elsevier.com/app/contact/supporthub/scopuscontent/
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