ISI 2012 impact factors for ecology and evolution journals

As in the last years (JCR 2011 and JCR 2010), I list here the 40 most highly cited journals labeled by the web of science under the subject “ecology”, with their 2012 and 2011 rank, and their respective IFs, together with the most important multidisciplinary journals for comparison.

Rank ’12 (’11)

Journal

Publications

IF’12

IF ’11

1 (1)

ECOL LETT

76

17.949

17.557

2 (2)

TRENDS ECOL EVOL

76

15.389

15.748

3 (3)

ANNU REV ECOL EVOL S

21

10.375

14.373

4 (6)

ISME J

208

8.951

7.375

5 (5)

ECOL MONOGR

26

8.085

7.433

6 (4)

FRONT ECOL ENVIRON

60

7.615

9.113

7(37)

MOL ECOL RESOUR

132

7.432

3.062

8(13)

GLOBAL ECOL BIOGEOGR

108

7.223

5.145

9 (7)

GLOBAL CHANGE BIOL

297

6.910

6.862

10 (8)

MOL ECOL

445

6.275

5.522

11 (20)

DIVERS DISTRIB

107

6.122

4.830

12 (15)

METHODS ECOL EVOL

123

5.924

5.093

13 (9)

P ROY SOC B-BIOL SCI

624

5.683

5.415

14 (17)

J ECOL

139

5.431

5.044

15 (19)

ECOLOGY

283

5.175

4.849

16 (26)

ECOGRAPHY

120

5.124

4.188

17 (12)

EVOLUTION

313

4.864

5.146

18 (25)

J BIOGEOGR

183

4.863

4.544

19 (24)

FUNCT ECOL

153

4.861

4.567

20 (18)

J ANIM ECOL

134

4.841

4.937

21 (16)

J APPL ECOL

156

4.740

5.045

22 (21)

AM NAT

156

4.552

4.725

23 (22)

CONSERV BIOL

114

4.355

4.692

24 (33)

PERSPECT PLANT ECOL

39

4.158

3.208

25 (23)

HEREDITY

116

4.110

4.597

26 (14)

ECOL APPL

174

3.815

5.102

27 (27)

BIOL CONSERV

271

3.794

4.115

28 (28)

BIOGEOSCIENCES

350

3.754

3.859

29 (44)

B AM MUS NAT HIST

8

3.485

2.905

30 (32)

J EVOLUTION BIOL

237

3.479

3.276

31 (29)

BIOL LETTERS

263

3.348

3.762

32 (38)

OIKOS

218

3.329

3.061

33 (43)

MICROB ECOL

181

3.277

2.912

34 (36)

BEHAV ECOL

173

3.216

3.083

35 (30)

ECOSYSTEMS

101

3.165

3.495

36 (10)

ADV ECOL RES

 

3.080

5.333

37 (37)

OECOLOGIA

314

3.011

3.412

38 (38)

ECOL ENG

247

2.958

3.106

39 (46)

J N AM BENTHOL SOC

0

2.957

2.800

40 (40)

LANDSCAPE ECOL

106

2.897

3.061

         
         
 

NATURE

 

38.597

36.280

 

SCIENCE

 

31.027

31.201

 

PNAS

 

9.737

9,681

 

PLOS ONE

 

3.730

4.092

I suppose the few discernible trends towards more methodological and broader scale journals simply reflect the current direction of the discipline. Methods in Ecology and Evolution makes another leap forward from it’s already impressive first IF of last year. As the editor in Chief Rob Freckleton notes

Other than that, we see PLOSone somewhat decreasing in IF, it’s difficult to decide whether this is systematic or a bias through strongly increasing publication numbers. PLOS reminds us that

yet, it seems not everyone has internalized this message – Nature reports that a record number of 66 journals have been banned for boosting impact factor with self-citations this year!

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