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Cato Journalopen access


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

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Cato Institute



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1985, 1996-2002, 2004-2019



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Cato Journal is America’s leading free‐​market public policy journal. Every issue is a valuable resource for scholars concerned with questions of public policy, yet it is written and edited to be accessible to the interested lay reader. Clive Crook of The Economist has called it “the most consistently interesting and provocative journal of its kind.” Join the conversation about this journal

The set of journals have been ranked according to their SJR and divided into four equal groups, four quartiles. Q1 (green) comprises the quarter of the journals with the highest values, Q2 (yellow) the second highest values, Q3 (orange) the third highest values and Q4 (red) the lowest values.

Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)1999Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2000Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2001Q1
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2002Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2003Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2004Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2005Q3
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2006Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2007Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2008Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2009Q1
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2010Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2011Q1
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2012Q1
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2013Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2014Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2015Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2016Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2017Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2018Q2
Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)2019Q2
Geography, Planning and Development1999Q1
Geography, Planning and Development2000Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2001Q1
Geography, Planning and Development2002Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2003Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2004Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2005Q3
Geography, Planning and Development2006Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2007Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2008Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2009Q1
Geography, Planning and Development2010Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2011Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2012Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2013Q3
Geography, Planning and Development2014Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2015Q3
Geography, Planning and Development2016Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2017Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2018Q2
Geography, Planning and Development2019Q3
Public Administration1999Q2
Public Administration2000Q3
Public Administration2001Q1
Public Administration2002Q3
Public Administration2003Q2
Public Administration2004Q3
Public Administration2005Q3
Public Administration2006Q3
Public Administration2007Q3
Public Administration2008Q2
Public Administration2009Q2
Public Administration2010Q3
Public Administration2011Q2
Public Administration2012Q2
Public Administration2013Q3
Public Administration2014Q2
Public Administration2015Q3
Public Administration2016Q3
Public Administration2017Q3
Public Administration2018Q2
Public Administration2019Q3

The SJR is a size-independent prestige indicator that ranks journals by their 'average prestige per article'. It is based on the idea that 'all citations are not created equal'. SJR is a measure of scientific influence of journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from It measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is.

Citations per document

This indicator counts the number of citations received by documents from a journal and divides them by the total number of documents published in that journal. The chart shows the evolution of the average number of times documents published in a journal in the past two, three and four years have been cited in the current year. The two years line is equivalent to journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters) metric.

Cites per documentYearValue
Cites / Doc. (4 years)19990.396
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20000.306
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20010.294
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20020.284
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20030.388
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20040.417
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20050.373
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20060.457
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20070.361
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20080.723
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20090.699
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20100.640
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20110.821
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20120.848
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20130.965
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20140.580
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20150.613
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20160.527
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20170.568
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20180.642
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20190.566
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19990.396
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20000.320
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20010.370
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20020.153
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20030.429
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20040.424
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20050.271
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20060.426
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20070.361
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20080.814
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20090.676
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20100.700
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20110.911
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20120.981
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20130.596
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20140.548
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20150.550
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20160.559
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20170.641
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20180.731
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20190.465
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19990.419
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20000.286
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20010.216
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20020.132
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20030.303
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20040.806
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20050.059
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20060.426
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20070.313
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20080.638
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20090.394
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20100.746
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20111.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20120.451
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20130.547
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20140.507
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20150.516
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20160.609
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20170.757
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20180.671
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20190.307
Total Cites 

Evolution of the total number of citations and journal's self-citations received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years.
Journal Self-citation is defined as the number of citation from a journal citing article to articles published by the same journal.

Self Cites19990
Self Cites20002
Self Cites20015
Self Cites20024
Self Cites20030
Self Cites20040
Self Cites20052
Self Cites20065
Self Cites20075
Self Cites20085
Self Cites200911
Self Cites20103
Self Cites201119
Self Cites20128
Self Cites20134
Self Cites201410
Self Cites201517
Self Cites201612
Self Cites20177
Self Cites201813
Self Cites20196
Total Cites199921
Total Cites200016
Total Cites200117
Total Cites200211
Total Cites200336
Total Cites200428
Total Cites200513
Total Cites200626
Total Cites200735
Total Cites200892
Total Cites200969
Total Cites201070
Total Cites201192
Total Cites2012103
Total Cites201365
Total Cites201457
Total Cites201555
Total Cites201652
Total Cites201766
Total Cites201876
Total Cites201953
External Cites per Doc 
Cites per Doc

Evolution of the number of total citation per document and external citation per document (i.e. journal self-citations removed) received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years. External citations are calculated by subtracting the number of self-citations from the total number of citations received by the journal’s documents.

External Cites per document19990.396
External Cites per document20000.280
External Cites per document20010.261
External Cites per document20020.097
External Cites per document20030.429
External Cites per document20040.424
External Cites per document20050.229
External Cites per document20060.344
External Cites per document20070.309
External Cites per document20080.770
External Cites per document20090.569
External Cites per document20100.670
External Cites per document20110.723
External Cites per document20120.905
External Cites per document20130.560
External Cites per document20140.452
External Cites per document20150.380
External Cites per document20160.430
External Cites per document20170.573
External Cites per document20180.606
External Cites per document20190.412
Cites per document19990.396
Cites per document20000.320
Cites per document20010.370
Cites per document20020.153
Cites per document20030.429
Cites per document20040.424
Cites per document20050.271
Cites per document20060.426
Cites per document20070.361
Cites per document20080.814
Cites per document20090.676
Cites per document20100.700
Cites per document20110.911
Cites per document20120.981
Cites per document20130.596
Cites per document20140.548
Cites per document20150.550
Cites per document20160.559
Cites per document20170.641
Cites per document20180.731
Cites per document20190.465
% International Collaboration

International Collaboration accounts for the articles that have been produced by researchers from several countries. The chart shows the ratio of a journal's documents signed by researchers from more than one country; that is including more than one country address.

YearInternational Collaboration
Citable documents 
Non-citable documents

Not every article in a journal is considered primary research and therefore "citable", this chart shows the ratio of a journal's articles including substantial research (research articles, conference papers and reviews) in three year windows vs. those documents other than research articles, reviews and conference papers.

Non-citable documents19990
Non-citable documents20000
Non-citable documents20010
Non-citable documents20020
Non-citable documents20030
Non-citable documents20040
Non-citable documents20050
Non-citable documents20063
Non-citable documents20074
Non-citable documents20086
Non-citable documents20094
Non-citable documents20104
Non-citable documents20115
Non-citable documents20127
Non-citable documents201310
Non-citable documents201411
Non-citable documents20159
Non-citable documents20166
Non-citable documents20174
Non-citable documents20185
Non-citable documents20194
Citable documents199953
Citable documents200050
Citable documents200146
Citable documents200272
Citable documents200384
Citable documents200466
Citable documents200548
Citable documents200661
Citable documents200797
Citable documents2008113
Citable documents2009102
Citable documents2010100
Citable documents2011101
Citable documents2012105
Citable documents2013109
Citable documents2014104
Citable documents2015100
Citable documents201693
Citable documents2017103
Citable documents2018104
Citable documents2019114
Cited documents 
Uncited documents

Ratio of a journal's items, grouped in three years windows, that have been cited at least once vs. those not cited during the following year.

Uncited documents199941
Uncited documents200039
Uncited documents200138
Uncited documents200261
Uncited documents200360
Uncited documents200450
Uncited documents200538
Uncited documents200647
Uncited documents200773
Uncited documents200868
Uncited documents200970
Uncited documents201065
Uncited documents201160
Uncited documents201269
Uncited documents201379
Uncited documents201481
Uncited documents201574
Uncited documents201669
Uncited documents201773
Uncited documents201869
Uncited documents201986
Cited documents199912
Cited documents200011
Cited documents20018
Cited documents200211
Cited documents200324
Cited documents200416
Cited documents200510
Cited documents200617
Cited documents200728
Cited documents200851
Cited documents200936
Cited documents201039
Cited documents201146
Cited documents201243
Cited documents201340
Cited documents201434
Cited documents201535
Cited documents201630
Cited documents201734
Cited documents201840
Cited documents201932
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