A recent review appeared on the renowned column Péter's Digital Reference Shelf, written by University of Hawaii's Professor Péter Jacso, has analyzed SJR. The column is published bimonthly at the international publisher Gale Cengage Learning's website and it focuses on mainstream information resources both online and CDROM. In addition to SJR, Péter's Digital Reference Shelf has published reports on Scopus, World Development Indicators 2009 by the World Bank and in February on SCImago Journal & Country Rank.
The comprehensive review focuses on SJR section devoted to Country Indicators. It stresses that SJR's country profile pages "provide more details and excellent visualization for all the countries and territories plus the whole world as a unit". It must be pointed out that SJR main goal is to offer authoritative bibliometric data as well as an analytic tool that make users' work easier, whether they are librarians, publishers, researchers or research paper authors. In this sense, the review also says that "Excellent graphs show a variety of indicators for the selected countries".
One of the most valued characteristic is the ability of SJR to produce reports which allow comparisons of the research activity from different nations. As an example, the author himself carries out small and immediate analysis of international collaboration and citedness based upon tables and charts drawn from SJR Compare function for Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela.
The review ends up by underlining that "SJR is a top-notch free system with extensive and very important bibliometric statistics about nearly 16,000 serial publications and more than 230 countries and territories".
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