JCR category profile of computer science and telecommunications

I learn of the partition table of academic journals issued by Chinese Academic Sciences (中科院JCR期刊分区表) whose subcategories are consistent with JCR categories. For the convenience of access, I excerpt JCR category profile of computer science and telecommunications from Web of Science.

1. Statistics for categories

Each journal indexed in JCR is assigned to at least one subject category, indicating a general area of science or the social sciences. Journals may be included in more than one subject category; therefore, when comparing journals across related categories, it is possible to see the same journal title in different categories.

Download the statistics of all journal categories (Categories Data Filtered by: Selected JCR Year: 2015 Selected Editions: SCIE,SSCI) by,

Web of Science –> Click menu bar, Journal Citation Reports® –> Categories By Rank –> Download all categories in csv.

Write a simple Python script to extract the categories, computer science and telecommunications, as shown below. The source code is available on my GitHub, here.

Category                                            Edition # Journals  Articles    Total Cites Median Impact Factor    Aggregate Impact Factor Aggregate Immediacy Index   Aggregate Cited Half Life       Aggregate Citing Half Life

COMPUTER SCIENCE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE           SCIE    130         12,773      331,014     1.403                   2.250                   0.424                       7.2                             8.0                       
COMPUTER SCIENCE, CYBERNETICS                       SCIE    22          1,366       25,512      1.236                   1.759                   0.316                       8.2                             8.7                       
COMPUTER SCIENCE, HARDWARE & ARCHITECTURE           SCIE    51          5,283       100,499     1.033                   1.362                   0.251                       8.7                             7.2                       
COMPUTER SCIENCE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS               SCIE    144         13,390      238,587     1.127                   1.633                   0.284                       7.0                             7.4                       
COMPUTER SCIENCE, INTERDISCIPLINARY APPLICATIONS    SCIE    104         12,587      306,863     1.522                   2.056                   0.421                       6.9                             8.6                       
COMPUTER SCIENCE, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING              SCIE    106         8,252       158,525     1.000                   1.238                   0.214                       8.2                             8.0                       
COMPUTER SCIENCE, THEORY & METHODS                  SCIE    105         7,968       165,495     1.000                   1.465                   0.294                       9.1                             8.4                       
TELECOMMUNICATIONS                                  SCIE    82          14,122      199,479     1.110                   1.569                   0.260                       5.8 


  • SCIE: Science editions
  • SSIE: Social science editions.

2. Category profile

2.1 Computer science

Artificial Intelligence

Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence covers resources that focus on research and techniques to create machines that attempt to efficiently reason, problem-solve, use knowledge representation, and perform analysis of contradictory or ambiguous information. This category includes resources on artificial intelligence technologies such as expert systems, fuzzy systems, natural language processing, speech recognition, pattern recognition, computer vision, decision-support systems, knowledge bases, and neural networks.


Computer Science, Cybernetics includes resources that focus on the control and information flows within and between artificial (machine) and biological systems. Resources in this category draw from the fields of artificial intelligence, automatic control, and robotics.

Hardware & Architecture

Computer Science, Hardware & Architecture covers resources on the physical components of a computer system: main and logic boards, internal buses and interfaces, static and dynamic memory, storage devices and storage media, power supplies, input and output devices, networking interfaces, and networking hardware such as routers and bridges. Resources in this category also cover the architecture of computing devices, such as SPARC, RISC, and CISC designs, as well as scalable, parallel, and multi-processor computing architectures.

Information Systems

Computer Science, Information Systems covers resources that focus on the acquisition, processing, storage, management, and dissemination of electronic information that can be read by humans, machines, or both. This category also includes resources for telecommunications systems and discipline-specific subjects such as medical informatics, chemical information processing systems, geographical information systems, and some library science.

Interdisciplinary Applications

Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications includes resources concerned with the application of computer technology and methodology to other disciplines, such as information management, engineering, biology, medicine, environmental studies, geosciences, arts and humanities, agriculture, chemistry, and physics.

Software Engineering

Computer Science, Software Engineering includes resources that are concerned with the programs, routines, and symbolic languages that control the functioning of the hardware and direct its operation. Also covered in this category are computer graphics, digital signal processing, and programming languages.

Theory & Methods

Computer Science, Theory & Methods includes resources that emphasize experimental computer processing methods or programming techniques such as parallel computing, distributed computing, logic programming, object-oriented programming, high-speed computing, and supercomputing.

2.2 Telecommunications

Telecommunications covers resources on the technical and engineering aspects of communications over long distances via telephone, television, cable, fiber optics, radio, computer networks, telegraph, satellites, and so on. Other relevant topics include electronics, opto-electronics, radar and sonar navigation, communications systems, microwaves, antennas, and wave propagation.

[1] Journal Citation Reports: Subject Category




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