It is my pleasure to write to you with good news about Theory & Research in Social Education. I was informed earlier today that Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) has officially accepted TRSE for inclusion in the Social Science Citation Index, which means TRSE will now receive an official impact factor!
Being included in the SSCI and having an impact factor increases visibility of the journal and should result in a greater number of overall and high-quality submissions. It also should continue to bolster TRSE's reputation internationally. Perhaps more importantly, until now, the field of social studies education was the only one of the traditional academic disciplines (e.g., social studies, language arts, science, and math) without a journal indexed in the SSCI; therefore, I consider this news to be an accomplishment for the field as a whole.
I will be the first to admit that having an impact factor should not be the sole indicator of the health of a journal, and there are many legitimate complaints about how those scores are calculated. However, impact factors and inclusion in the SSCI are currently the gold standards for how academic journals are evaluated, and as more universities continue to use impact factors as a basis for promotion and tenure evaluations, it is essential that our field has outlets that can fill this need. Therefore, I am hopeful that this news will benefit CUFA members and other social studies scholars in their professional endeavors.
When our annual impact factor is announced, it will be published on the TRSE website and on the TRSE social media outlets. Our first official impact factor should be calculated sometime after the start of the new year, but if it is anything like the mock impact factors we have seen over the past few years, it should place TRSE at a level that is competitive to other top-tier disciplinary journals.
Thank you for your readership and continued support of the journal, and please reach out to me if you have any questions.