JCR 2016 impact factors for the top 40 ecology journals

In good old tradition, including being too late, I provide here the JCR 2016 data for the top 40 journals indexed by what is now Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science in the subject area “Ecology”, released in June 2017 (see footnote 1). For comparison, see my old posts, summarizing the JCR 2015,  JCR 2014JCR 2013, JCR 2012, JCR 2011 and JCR 2010.

Statistical fluctuations aside, it seems to me that the current situation is relatively stable. Global change / large scale journals such as GCB and GEB are still going strong, but it looks as if they are not growing as fast as in previous years. It might be too early to tell, but I’d venture a guess that the IF for these newer large-scale ecology fields will saturate over the next years. Also, it hurts me a bit to see that the IFs of the more theory-oriented journals such as AmNat and Oikos are still not really keeping up with the with the rest of ecology.

Rank ’16 Journal Publications IF’16 5-yr IF ’16
1 TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION 72 15.27 18.35
2 Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics 22 10.18 14.57
3 ISME Journal 255 9.66 11.63
4 ECOLOGY LETTERS 146 9.45 13.33
5 ECOLOGICAL MONOGRAPHS 29 8.76 10.22
6 GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY 311 8.5 9.46
7 FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 51 8.04 10.84
8 Molecular Ecology Resources 121 7.33 6.54
9 MOLECULAR ECOLOGY 392 6.09 6.64
10 GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY 130 6.05 7.53
11 JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY 160 5.81 6.5
12 WILDLIFE MONOGRAPHS 3 5.75 5.22
13 Methods in Ecology and Evolution 160 5.71 8.63
14 FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY 188 5.63 5.82
15 JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY 186 5.3 5.99
16 Advances in Ecological Research 6 5.06 6.84
17 PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 542 4.94 5.42
18 ECOGRAPHY 123 4.9 5.37
19 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 123 4.84 5.09
20 ECOLOGY 325 4.81 5.77
21 LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING 134 4.56 5.02
22 BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 10 4.56 6.19
23 JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY 145 4.47 5.06
24 DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS 110 4.39 5.27
25 ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS 202 4.31 4.93
26 JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY 205 4.25 4.89
27 EVOLUTION 234 4.2 4.56
28 ECOSYSTEMS 100 4.2 4.78
29 AMERICAN NATURALIST 150 4.17 4.38
30 AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT 486 4.1 4.68
31 Ecosystem Services 118 4.07 5.87
32 OIKOS 182 4.03 3.86
33 BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION 328 4.02 4.55
34 HEREDITY 114 3.96 3.95
35 Biogeosciences 416 3.85 4.62
36 Current Opinion in Insect Science 97 3.66 3.66
37 MICROBIAL ECOLOGY 180 3.63 3.75
38 LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY 161 3.62 4.11
39 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 216 3.31 3.24

1) Note that this post was published in May 2018, but backdated to June 2017 to better reflect the timing of events on my blog timeline

 

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