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Critical Inquiry


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

Subject Area and Category


University of Chicago



Publication type



15397858, 00931896


1976, 1985-1987, 1996-2020



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Critical Inquiry is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the best critical thought in the arts and humanities. Founded in 1974, it has been called “one of the best known and most influential journals in the world” (Chicago Tribune) and “academe’s most prestigious theory journal” (New York Times). 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.

Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)1999Q3
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2000Q3
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2001Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2002Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2003Q3
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2004Q3
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2005Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2006Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2007Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2008Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2009Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2010Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2011Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2012Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2013Q1
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2014Q1
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2015Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2016Q1
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2017Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2018Q2
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)2019Q3
Cultural Studies1999Q1
Cultural Studies2000Q1
Cultural Studies2001Q1
Cultural Studies2002Q1
Cultural Studies2003Q1
Cultural Studies2004Q1
Cultural Studies2005Q1
Cultural Studies2006Q1
Cultural Studies2007Q1
Cultural Studies2008Q1
Cultural Studies2009Q1
Cultural Studies2010Q1
Cultural Studies2011Q1
Cultural Studies2012Q1
Cultural Studies2013Q1
Cultural Studies2014Q1
Cultural Studies2015Q1
Cultural Studies2016Q1
Cultural Studies2017Q1
Cultural Studies2018Q1
Cultural Studies2019Q2

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)19990.432
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20000.515
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20010.602
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20020.777
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20031.092
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20041.223
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20051.101
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20061.179
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20071.185
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20080.964
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20091.170
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20101.468
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20111.687
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20122.221
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20132.774
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20142.368
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20152.553
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20161.906
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20171.275
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20181.313
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20190.959
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19990.432
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20000.419
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20010.614
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20020.604
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20031.056
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20041.048
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20051.104
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20061.041
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20071.111
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20080.761
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20091.176
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20101.148
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20111.619
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20122.352
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20132.360
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20142.250
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20151.844
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20161.411
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20171.142
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20181.301
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20190.763
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19990.444
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20000.458
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20010.552
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20020.565
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20030.885
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20041.040
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20051.103
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20061.040
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20070.722
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20080.853
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20090.892
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20100.852
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20111.781
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20121.965
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20132.438
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20141.618
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20151.260
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20161.028
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20170.969
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20181.014
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20190.621
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 Cites19993
Self Cites20004
Self Cites20017
Self Cites20024
Self Cites20038
Self Cites20041
Self Cites20058
Self Cites20066
Self Cites20078
Self Cites20082
Self Cites20090
Self Cites20106
Self Cites20117
Self Cites201215
Self Cites201312
Self Cites20148
Self Cites20153
Self Cites20163
Self Cites20171
Self Cites20180
Self Cites20190
Total Cites199932
Total Cites200031
Total Cites200154
Total Cites200255
Total Cites200395
Total Cites200487
Total Cites2005117
Total Cites2006128
Total Cites2007150
Total Cites200886
Total Cites2009127
Total Cites2010140
Total Cites2011183
Total Cites2012247
Total Cites2013210
Total Cites2014225
Total Cites2015201
Total Cites2016151
Total Cites2017121
Total Cites2018134
Total Cites201971
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 document19990.392
External Cites per document20000.365
External Cites per document20010.534
External Cites per document20020.560
External Cites per document20030.967
External Cites per document20041.036
External Cites per document20051.028
External Cites per document20060.992
External Cites per document20071.052
External Cites per document20080.743
External Cites per document20091.176
External Cites per document20101.098
External Cites per document20111.558
External Cites per document20122.210
External Cites per document20132.225
External Cites per document20142.170
External Cites per document20151.817
External Cites per document20161.383
External Cites per document20171.132
External Cites per document20181.301
External Cites per document20190.763
Cites per document19990.432
Cites per document20000.419
Cites per document20010.614
Cites per document20020.604
Cites per document20031.056
Cites per document20041.048
Cites per document20051.104
Cites per document20061.041
Cites per document20071.111
Cites per document20080.761
Cites per document20091.176
Cites per document20101.148
Cites per document20111.619
Cites per document20122.352
Cites per document20132.360
Cites per document20142.250
Cites per document20151.844
Cites per document20161.411
Cites per document20171.142
Cites per document20181.301
Cites per document20190.763
% 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 documents19993
Non-citable documents200012
Non-citable documents200112
Non-citable documents200212
Non-citable documents20030
Non-citable documents20049
Non-citable documents200513
Non-citable documents200615
Non-citable documents20079
Non-citable documents200810
Non-citable documents200914
Non-citable documents201019
Non-citable documents201122
Non-citable documents201226
Non-citable documents201333
Non-citable documents201430
Non-citable documents201529
Non-citable documents201621
Non-citable documents201717
Non-citable documents20188
Non-citable documents201919
Citable documents199974
Citable documents200074
Citable documents200188
Citable documents200291
Citable documents200390
Citable documents200483
Citable documents2005106
Citable documents2006123
Citable documents2007135
Citable documents2008113
Citable documents2009108
Citable documents2010122
Citable documents2011113
Citable documents2012105
Citable documents201389
Citable documents2014100
Citable documents2015109
Citable documents2016107
Citable documents2017106
Citable documents2018103
Citable documents201993
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 documents199955
Uncited documents200062
Uncited documents200165
Uncited documents200272
Uncited documents200343
Uncited documents200441
Uncited documents200579
Uncited documents200684
Uncited documents200782
Uncited documents200875
Uncited documents200967
Uncited documents201084
Uncited documents201174
Uncited documents201271
Uncited documents201361
Uncited documents201458
Uncited documents201574
Uncited documents201669
Uncited documents201776
Uncited documents201863
Uncited documents201970
Cited documents199922
Cited documents200024
Cited documents200135
Cited documents200231
Cited documents200347
Cited documents200451
Cited documents200540
Cited documents200654
Cited documents200762
Cited documents200848
Cited documents200955
Cited documents201057
Cited documents201161
Cited documents201260
Cited documents201361
Cited documents201472
Cited documents201564
Cited documents201659
Cited documents201747
Cited documents201848
Cited documents201942
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