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“Engineering, Manufacturing” is one of the categories in the Science Citation Index Expanded(SCI) database, which is one of the flagship indexes of Web of Science Core Collection. The description of this category is: “Engineering, Manufacturing covers resources on the conversion of raw materials into end-use products or processed materials. Topics in this category include computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM); design of products, tools, and machines; quality control; scheduling; production; and inventory control.” According to the data analysis from SCI and Journal Citation Reports(JCR), this category is getting bigger, stronger and more open.
First of all, the number of journals and papers in this category is getting bigger. There are 10 new entries from JCR2014 to JCR2019: JCR2019(1), Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation; JCR2018(3), Additive Manufacturing; CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology; Virtual and Physical Prototyping; JCR2017(2), Advances in Manufacturing; Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management; JCR2016(2), 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing; Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering-Transactions of ASME; JCR2015(2), Advances in Production Engineering & Management; Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries. Table 1 shows the number of journals in this category. From 2014 to 2019, the number of papers in this category also increased. Table 2 shows the number of papers in this category.
# Journals # New
Average JIF of
Increasing Rate of
2019 50 1 3.468 2.612 3.0138 11.42 2.8684 4.77 2018 49 3 3.112 2.171 2.7048 22.51 2.7377 6.38 2017 46 2 2.710 1.969 2.2079 8.78 2.5736 5.81 2016 44 2 2.389 1.964 2.0297 30.44 2.4323 8.40 2015 42 2 1.786 1.369 1.5560 10.84 2.2439 1.43 2014 40 # 1.663 1.219 1.4038 # 2.2123 # Resource: Journal Citation Reports
Search Date: June 29, 2020
Table 1. Number of Journals and Impact Factor of “Engineering, Manufacturing” Category
Year # papers # OA
OA% # SCI
# OA Papers
in SCI %
Papers from CN% # SCI Papers
2019 9,361 1,106 11.81 2,289,322 793,546 34.66 3,355 35.84 516,021 22.54 2018 8,402 997 11.87 2,111,083 762,777 36.13 2,948 35.09 422,403 20.01 2017 7,922 871 10.99 2,029,035 724,955 35.73 2,531 31.95 366,407 18.06 2016 6,954 816 11.73 1,969,139 688,384 34.96 2,102 30.23 330,112 16.76 2015 6,650 658 9.89 1,887,436 588,375 31.17 1,736 26.11 299,936 15.89 2014 5,869 511 8.71 1,833,984 531,578 28.98 1,335 22.75 268,190 14.62 Sum 45,158 4,959 10.98 12,119,999 4,072,040 33.60 14,007 31.02 2,203,069 18.18 Resource: Science Citation Index Expanded of Web of Science Core Collection
Search Date: June 29, 2020
Table 2. Numbers of Papers and Open Access Papers of “Engineering, Manufacturing” Category
Second, this category is getting stronger, showed by bibliometrics indicators. Consider all papers within this category together as a virtual journal, named as Engineering, Manufacturing. Then calculate the Impact Factor(IF) of this virtual journal, named as Aggregate IF. Table 1 shows the Aggregate IF of this category’s annual increase. The median JIF and average JIF also increased, results from the analysis of Journal Impact Factors(JIF) of journals within this category and journals within all SCI. Also, the increasing rates of average JIF of this category are more than the rates of all SCI journals each year.
Finally, this category is more open, but it lags the advance of Open Access(OA) in the whole SCI database. Table 2 shows the number uprising of OA papers of this category. The percentage of OA papers reveals an increasing trend, similar with this percentage of the whole SCI database. However, the percentage of this category is far less than this percentage of the whole SCI database. This indicates an opportunity, the space of golden OA journals in this category are huge.
However, China, with only one journal in this category, contributes the most papers in this category. In research of the papers’ geographic distribution, China′s mainland overpass the USA and ranks No.1 in 2013. And the proportions of China′s mainland in this category continues rise from then on, more than the proportions of China′s mainland in whole SCI database (Table 2). In sharp contrast, there is only one journal from China′s mainland in this category, Advances in Manufacturing. This journal is young, and publishes less than 50 papers annually. China shall publish more journals in this category.
In summary, the “Engineering, Manufacturing” category is bigger, stronger and more open, there is whitespace of golden OA journals in this category, China can publish more journals in this category. We expect Light: Advanced Manufacturing can play an important role in this category. Go for it and good luck.
Bigger, Stronger and More Open, the “Engineering, Manufacturing” Category in SCI
- Light: Advanced Manufacturing , Article number: 3 (2020)
- Published online: 02 July 2020
Abstract: The number of journals and papers in “Engineering, Manufacturing” category is getting bigger. Bibliometrics indicators of this category reveals the positive trend of robust and open, however it lags the advance of Open Access in the whole SCI database.