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Journal Ranking in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 1998-2008

Based on citations per paper among journals with 10,000 or more citations.

Rank      Journal Papers Citations Citations
Per
Paper
1 Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution & Systematics 131 15,293 116.74
2 Nature 395 41,042 103.9
3 Science 397 34,568 87.07
4 Trends in Ecology and Evolution 727 39,356 54.13
5 Ecological Monographs 309 11,310 36.6
6 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 491 17,088 34.8
7 Systematic Biology 416 12,194 29.31
8 Ecology 3,161 80,313 25.41
9 Ecology Letters 1,133 26,327 23.24
10 The American Naturalist 1,618 36,694 22.68
11 Conservation Biology 1,729 36,209 20.94
12 Environmental Health Perspectives 3,374 70,023 20.75
13 Molecular Ecology 3,345 69,275 20.71
14 Ecological Applications 1,711 34,899 20.4
15 Journal of Ecology 1,081 20,969 19.4
16 Global Change Biology 1,508 27,995 18.56
17 Journal of Applied Ecology 1,162 21,032 18.1
18 Oecologia 3,219 56,010 17.4
19 Ecosystems 705 12,199 17.3
20 Environmental Science & Technology 10,006 171,816 17.17

The data above were extracted from Clarivate Analytics's Essential Science IndicatorsSM database. This database, currently covering the period January 1998 thorough October 2008, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Clarivate Analytics. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and Clarivate Analytics’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 ecology and environmental sciences is by citations per paper 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 ecology and environmental sciences, 168 journals are listed, meaning 336 journals in this field were surveyed. Of these 168 journals, 54 received 10,000 or more citations during the period. This ranking should be recognized as distinctly different from Clarivate Analytics’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 Clarivate Analytics as ecology and environmental sciences papers.

SOURCE: Clarivate Analytics’s Essential Science Indicators database, January 1, 1998 through October 31, 2008.    

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

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