Is there any way that one can find the percentage of papers from a certain journal that meet a given keyword?

The numerator of that fraction (the number of papers that conform to the keyword who were published in a given journal) can be found easily enough with a simple search. But the hardest part really comes down to finding the denominator of the fraction, that is, the total number of papers that were published in a given year, across multiple journals (thus, using the same metrics for all to enable comparison).

Services from Web of Science/Knowledge (InCites JCR etc) don't seem to help here. The only resource I found that gives this total number is https://scirev.org/, but many important multidisciplinary journals or general-psychology journals are not listed there.

  • Have you tried asking them...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Feb 22, 2020 at 19:59
  • No, as that would probably constitute a pre-submission enquiry, which are not allowed in the journals I have in mind
    – z8081
    Commented Feb 22, 2020 at 20:00
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    Why would asking how many be a pre-submission? What are you hiding?
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Feb 22, 2020 at 20:04
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    Can't you just search by publication name and publication year? Basically the same search, but without requiring the keyword?
    – Allure
    Commented Feb 22, 2020 at 23:41
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    I suggest you edit the question to be "number of articles per year in given journal" or something, since that is what you're really looking for. Is it possible for you to tell us what journal this is? And my understanding is that a "pre-submission inquiry" is a question relating to your submission (such as, "would this topic be suitable for your journal?") The rule should not categorically forbid all contact with the editorial staff as long as you one day plan to submit a paper to the journal... Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 14:10

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If the journal is indexed in Web of Science, this can be easily searched for. You mention it doesn't seem to help, but I don't understand why. In the main search window, search for 1) publication name = [name of journal] and 2) published in whichever year you're interested in.

  • I just don't know if the total numbers you get from a search like this truly reflects the number of papers published. For instance, WoS returns 25,334 hits for a search with journal name=Scientific Reports, and year=2017. A more trustworthy/realistic number would be obtained from the journal itself, but then one runs into the problem that not all journals report this.
    – z8081
    Commented Feb 29, 2020 at 12:20
  • There's a way to do the search in WoS to get the journal with that exact title.
    – shoover
    Commented Mar 1, 2020 at 0:11

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