ROLSI’s “citation impact”

Authors want to be read, and to influence their readers.

One crude measurement of readership and influence is of course the number of times one’s article has been cited.

A more general one is the citation record of the journal one gets published in. ROLSI‘s is pretty good at the moment – about 2.4. That means that within the last two years of the count (2011-2013) each article in the journal was cited about twice on average. It doesn’t sound a lot when you put it that way, but social science citation impacts tend to be at around the 1 mark. In Sociology, the top journal  (American Sociological Review) is currently at 4.3, and we’re 6th; in the field of Communications, we’re the second highest (see the image below).