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Table 8.

Evaluation criteria, indicators, data sources of the leading academic journal lists in China

Journal listSelection criteriaEvaluation indicatorsIndicators data sources
CSCD Editorial standardization, focus on basic research, academic and theoretical frontier journals, etc. JIF (excluding self-citations), Hot index, Eigenfactor score, Article Influence score, Diffusion index, Excellent index, Utilization index, Cross-citation index CSCD 
JPT the same as JCR 3-year average impact factor WoS 
AMI Journal influence, academic quality, editing specifications, ethical norms, etc. Attraction power; Management and influence (award status, publication, peer review, academic misconduct, editor team and author group, institutional regulation, informalization construction, academic influence, social influence, international influence) the self-built and self-collected data of CASSES (e.g., CHSSCD), the third-party data, and the self-evaluated data of the journal editorial department 
CJCR Editorial norms, authoritative editorial board, timeliness, the collection of important retrieval systems at home and abroad, the social and academic influence of journals, the balance of regions and disciplines, etc. Citation frequency, JIF, important database collection, overall evaluation score CSTPCD 
GCJC Based on the quantitative selection of the core list, the use of the middle-map method to divide the size of the subject; journals are representative and practical Reprint count (full-text, abstract), 2-year JIF, Eigenfactor index, Awards or indexed by important retrieval systems, Reprint ratio (full-text, abstract), 2-year JIF (excluding self-citations), Article influence scores, Funded paper ratio (national and provincial level), Times cited, 5-year JIF, Paper cited index, Web downloads amount, Times cited (excluding self-citations), 5-year JIF (excluding self-citations), Inner-citation index, Web downloads ratio CSCD, CSTPCD, CSSCI, Wanfang Data Knowledge Service Platform (Wanfang), China Science and Technology Journal Database (VIP), Scopus, Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), etc. 
CSSCI Journal quality, regional and discipline balance, editorial norms, timeliness, original, innovative academic literature, etc. 2-year JIF (exclude self-citations), Total times cited, etc. The self-built and self-collected data (e.g., CSSCI) 
WAJCI Continuous publication, journal attributes, ethical norms, editorial norms, publication strength, content quality, etc. Clout index (CI); WAJCI index (both are based on the JIF and total times cited [TC]) WoS, JCR report, CNKI 
Journal listSelection criteriaEvaluation indicatorsIndicators data sources
CSCD Editorial standardization, focus on basic research, academic and theoretical frontier journals, etc. JIF (excluding self-citations), Hot index, Eigenfactor score, Article Influence score, Diffusion index, Excellent index, Utilization index, Cross-citation index CSCD 
JPT the same as JCR 3-year average impact factor WoS 
AMI Journal influence, academic quality, editing specifications, ethical norms, etc. Attraction power; Management and influence (award status, publication, peer review, academic misconduct, editor team and author group, institutional regulation, informalization construction, academic influence, social influence, international influence) the self-built and self-collected data of CASSES (e.g., CHSSCD), the third-party data, and the self-evaluated data of the journal editorial department 
CJCR Editorial norms, authoritative editorial board, timeliness, the collection of important retrieval systems at home and abroad, the social and academic influence of journals, the balance of regions and disciplines, etc. Citation frequency, JIF, important database collection, overall evaluation score CSTPCD 
GCJC Based on the quantitative selection of the core list, the use of the middle-map method to divide the size of the subject; journals are representative and practical Reprint count (full-text, abstract), 2-year JIF, Eigenfactor index, Awards or indexed by important retrieval systems, Reprint ratio (full-text, abstract), 2-year JIF (excluding self-citations), Article influence scores, Funded paper ratio (national and provincial level), Times cited, 5-year JIF, Paper cited index, Web downloads amount, Times cited (excluding self-citations), 5-year JIF (excluding self-citations), Inner-citation index, Web downloads ratio CSCD, CSTPCD, CSSCI, Wanfang Data Knowledge Service Platform (Wanfang), China Science and Technology Journal Database (VIP), Scopus, Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), etc. 
CSSCI Journal quality, regional and discipline balance, editorial norms, timeliness, original, innovative academic literature, etc. 2-year JIF (exclude self-citations), Total times cited, etc. The self-built and self-collected data (e.g., CSSCI) 
WAJCI Continuous publication, journal attributes, ethical norms, editorial norms, publication strength, content quality, etc. Clout index (CI); WAJCI index (both are based on the JIF and total times cited [TC]) WoS, JCR report, CNKI 

Note: Partly refer to Ma (2019).

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