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Week of June 12, 2011

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From Thomson Reuters Essential Science IndicatorsSM database, database, January 1, 2001 to February 28, 2011.

Rank Journal Papers Citations Impact
1 Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 63 1,210 19.21
2 Annual Review of Anthropology 212 3,122 14.73
3 Journal of Human Evolution 685 9,314 13.60
4 Evolutionary Anthropology 224 2,682 11.97
5 Social Networks 211 1,936 9.18
6 Current Anthropology 480 4,367 9.10
7 American Journal of Physical Anthropology 1,401 12,561 8.97
8 Human Nature 199 1,733 8.71
9 Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 207 1,546 7.47
10 Cultural Anthropology 209 1,544 7.39
11 Human Ecology 327 2,176 6.65
12 Medical Anthropology Quarterly 226 1,280 5.66
13 American Anthropologist 588 3,195 5.43
13 Public Culture 287 1,559 5.43
15 Journal of Archaeological Science 1,377 6,874 4.99
16 American Ethnologist 395 1,801 4.56
17 Human Organization 379 1,422 3.75
18 Journal of Material Culture 150 536 3.57
19 Field Methods 109 384 3.52
19 Homo 183 558 3.05
From Thomson Reuters Essential Science IndicatorsSM database, January 1, 2001 to February 28, 2011.

The table above lists the top 20 journals in anthropology by citation impact for the period January 1, 2001 to February 28, 2011. These journals range in focus from general to subfield specific, including physical, social, and cultural anthropology, as well as archaeology. All rank in the top 50% of social sciences journals indexed for Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators database according to citations received during the 10 year and two month period. The average for social science journals over this time was 4.37.

During the period, Thomson Reuters identified 223 highly cited papers in anthropology. Highly cited papers rank in the top 1% by citations received according to their year of publication and field. The top five publishing these influential papers were: Journal of Human Evolution (50 papers), Current Anthropology (28), Journal of Archaeological Science (22), Evolutionary Anthropology (12), and the Annual Review of Anthropology (11). The multidisciplinary journals Nature (20), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (19), and Science (13) also published highly cited papers in anthropology.

The origins of the highly cited papers were, in terms of nations, the United States (121), the United Kingdom (66), Germany (30), Australia (28), and France (25). The top institutions contributing highly cited papers in the field were the University of Oxford (14), University College London (13), the University of Witwatersrand (13), George Washington University (12), and Harvard University (12).

See Essential Science IndicatorsSM from Thomson Reuters for more information.

This item also appeared in the Times Higher Education magazine.

 
 

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