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Vol. 14. Issue 4.
Pages 297-298 (October - December 2021)
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Journal of Optometry ranks high in Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
José M. González-Méijomea,
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Corresponding Author: José M. González-Méijome, PhD, CEORLab – Center of Physics, University of Minho, Portugal
, David P. Piñerob, César Villa-Collarc
a Clinical and Experimental Optometry Research Lab (CEORLab). Center of Physics. University of Minho
b Department of Optics, Pharmacology and Anatomy, University of Alicante, Spain
c Department of Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Nutrition, Optics and Optometry, Faculty of Biomedical and Health Sciences, European University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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Table 1. Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) being one of the first ranked journals in the category OPHTHALMOLOGY – ESCI.
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In middle 2021 were published by Clarivate (formerly known as Institute for Science Information –ISI) the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and the Journal Citation Index (JCI) in Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). In a previous Editorial we discussed some of the different metrics to measure the impact of scientific publication.1 This was further expanded in the recent International Congress of Optometry and Ophthalmic Optics held by the Spanish General Council of Optometrists in Madrid during May 2021.2

In those previous publications we could testify the solid increase of impact for contents published in the Journal of Optometry, and now we can confirm this with the Journal ranking second in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (table 1). It is also interesting to observe that majority of the journals indexed deliver their contents in a 100% Open Access strategy. Looking back 14 years, Journal of Optometry was among the only scientific journals in the field of Visual Science adhering to such publishing scheme.

Table 1.

Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) being one of the first ranked journals in the category OPHTHALMOLOGY – ESCI.

Journal name  ISSN  eISSN  Total Citations  2020 JCI  % of OA Gold 
BMJ Open Ophthalmology  2397-3269  2397-3269  393  0.80  100.00% 
Journal of Optometry*  1888-4296  1989-1342  566  0.77  100.00% 
Clinical Ophthalmology  1177-5483  1177-5483  6.856  0.77  100.00% 
Eye and Brain  1179-2744  1179-2744  335  0.75  100.00% 
Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection  1869-5760  1869-5760  685  0.69  100.00% 
British Journal of Visual Impairment  0264-6196  1744-5809  341  0.50  11.93% 
Journal of Current Ophthalmology  2452-2325  2452-2325  561  0.49  100.00% 
Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research  2008-2010  2008-322X  265  0.49  100.00% 
Clinical Optometry  1179-2752  1179-2752  129  0.47  100.00% 
Therapeutic Advances in Ophthalmology  2515-8414  2515-8414  116  0.43  100.00% 
Ocular Oncology and Pathology  2296-4681  2296-4657  378  0.43  4.72% 
Open Ophthalmology Journal  1874-3641  1874-3641  549  0.37  96.88% 
Strabismus  0927-3972  1744-5132  615  0.32  0.00% 
Turk Oftalmoloji Dergisi-Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology  1300-0659  2147-2661  459  0.32  100.00% 
Orbit-The International Journal on Orbital Disorders-Oculoplastic and Lacrimal Surgery  0167-6830  1744-5108  1.303  0.32  0.26% 
Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology  1319-4534  2542-6680  753  0.31  72.20% 
Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology  0974-9233  0975-1599  808  0.30  0.00% 
Taiwan Journal of Ophthalmology  2211-5056  2211-5072  261  0.26  100.00% 
Case Reports in Ophthalmology  1663-2699  1663-2699  501  0.24  100.00% 
Expert Review of Ophthalmology  1746-9899  1746-9902  514  0.22  2.97% 
Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine  2090-6722  2090-6730  284  0.18  100.00% 
African Vision and Eye Health Journal  0378-9411  2410-3039  120  0.12  96.05% 
Nepalese Journal of Ophthalmology  2072-6805  2091-0320  228  0.10  100.00% 
Eye Reports  2039-4748  2039-4756  0.08  0.00% 
Augenheilkunde Up2date  1616-9719  1616-9735  0.05  0.00% 
Journal of the Korean Ophthalmological Society  0378-6471  2092-9374  145  0.05  25.45% 
Spektrum der Augenheilkunde  0930-4282  1613-7523  54  0.05  24.66% 

Journal of Optometry highlighted in bold by the authors.

To the previous indexing database where Journal of Optometry was earlier included (see previous editorial for a review of milestones)3 now we add the ESCI indexation in an outstanding position. As stated in ESCI Clarivate's webpage, Emerging Sources Citation Index, as part of the Web of Science Core Collection™, “contains quality publications, selected by our expert in-house editors for editorial rigor and best practice at a journal level”.4 This is another step to reinforce the scientific contribution of Optometry to advances in vision science and to the facilitation of access to such information in a strategy to push further the frontiers of knowledge and the quality of life of millions of people benefiting from prevention, early detection, evidence-based treatment and closer follow-up of visual conditions world-wide.

As editors we want to show our gratitude to the hundreds of corresponding authors and thousands of co-authors and reviewers for helping us to bring the Journal of Optometry to this point, another stimulus to continue improving the impact of this Open Access scientific source sponsored by the Spanish General Council of Colleges of Optometrists.

JM. González-Méijome.
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