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Top Journals in Education: Ranked by 2007 Impact Factor

 

Rank    Journal Title
Cites in 2007 to Journal Impact
Factor for 2007
# of Articles in 2007
1 Journal of Engineering Education 638 3.000 28
2 Academy of Management: Learning and Education 338 2.796 20
3 Scientific Studies of Reading 427 2.676 15
4 Review of Educational Research 1760 2.600 16
5 Journal of American College Health 1059 1.940 59
6 American Educational Research Journal 1501 1.930 29
7 Health Education Research 1801 1.786 81
8 Computers & Education 773 1.602 123
9 Journal of the Learning Sciences 567 1.571 15
10 Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics 519 1.361 16
11 AIDS Education and Prevention 1217 1.359 42
12 Journal of Research in Reading 262 1.340 27
13 Sociology of Education 1249 1.290 16
14 Language Learning & Technology 169 1.222 18
15 Journal of Research in Science Teaching 1754 1.148 61
15 Reading Research Quarterly 1167 1.148 27
17 Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 653 1.062 14
17 Elementary School Journal 651 1.062 20
19 Learning and Instruction 795 1.029 52
20 Harvard Educational Review 844 1.000 25

The data above provide the latest ranking by impact factor for journals of education indexed by Thomson Reuters in its Journal Citations Report for the Social Sciences for 2007. The impact factor is simply one measure of a journal’s influence (there are many others). It is a weighted measure -- of citations per paper -- and as such it is an attempt to compare journals of the same subject area that publish different numbers of papers each year. Journals producing many articles would typical attract more citations than those publishing comparatively fewer articles. 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 regular articles and reviews published in years 1 and 2. As such, this is a relatively short-term measure of journal influence. In a field such as education, articles tend to receive citations many years after their publication, and the peak citation rate may be 5 years or more after an article appears. For this reason, the above ranking should be interpreted as "early returns" on the current status of professional journals in education.

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters's Journal Citation Reports for the Social Sciences, 2007.

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

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