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Journal Rankings in Molecular Biology and Genetics, 1997-2007

Based on citations per paper among those journals with 50,000 or more citations. Data from Thomson Reuters's Essential Science IndicatorsSM, January 1997 to December 2007.

Rank      Journal Papers Citations Citations
Per
Paper
1 Cell 3,824 552,923 144.59
2 Science 1,353 179,561 132.71
3 Nature 1,695 224,271 132.31
4 Nature Genetics 2,244 254,603 113.46
5 Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 613 56,838 92.72
6 Genes & Development 3,105 255,862 82.40
7 Current Opinion in Cell Biology 1,009 80,893 80.17
8 Nature Cell Biology 1,464 94,734 64.71
9 *Molecular Biology of the Cell 2,632 165,074 62.72
10 Journal of Cell Biology 4,879 293,060 60.07
11 EMBO Journal 6,675 393,721 58.98
12 Trends in Cell Biology 868 50,606 58.30
13 American Journal of Human Genetics 3,048 147,829 48.50
14 Development 5,427 225,293 41.51
15 Genome Research 2,011 79,314 39.44
16 Proceedings of the National Academy of the USA 5,260 203,904 38.77
17 Molecular and Cellular Biology 8,932 342,288 38.32
18 Human Molecular Genetics 3,589 129,823 36.17
19 Human Gene Therapy 1,903 54,307 28.54
20 Molecular Biology of the Cell 3,995 113,099 28.31

The data above were extracted from Thomson Reuters's Essential Science IndicatorsSM database. This database, currently covering the period January 1997 to December 2007, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and Thomson Reuters’s journal-to-category field definition scheme. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated. Here our ranking of journals in molecular biology and genetics is by citations per paper, among journals that collected 50,000 or more citations, to reveal weighted impact.

Essential Science Indicators lists journals ranked in the top 50% for a field over a given period, based on total citations. In molecular biology and genetics, 135 journals are listed, meaning 270 journals in this field were surveyed. Thirty journals earned at least 50,000 citations. This ranking should be should recognized as distinctly different from Thomson Reuters’s impact factor rankings, which are presented in the Journal Citation Reports issued each year. The impact factor is calculated as citations in Year 3 to a journal’s contents in Years 1 and 2, divided by the number of so-called citable items (regular articles and reviews) in Years 1 and 2. Thus, the above ranking reveals longer term impact (citations per paper). The data for the multidisciplinary journals listed – Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of the USA – take into account only those articles that have been classified by Thomson Reuters as molecular biology and genetics papers. Visit Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters.

This item also appeared in the Times Higher Education magazine, reprinted with their permission.        

* CORRECTION (February 17, 2009) - this journal name has been corrected from Molecular and Cellular Biology to Molecular Biology of the Cell.
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