The 2010 Journal Citation Report is in: a molbio view

It’s that time of the year again, when Thomson releases the Journal Citation Reports data and journal editors and publishers see how they did in the past few years. It is also the time when Funding Agencies who (wrongfully) think that the IF reflects the quality of a paper, get their “precious ranking table”.

The first JCR was published as volume 9 of the 1975 Science Citation Index and has since then been used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field.

Nothing unexpected on the top (considering “All Journals”), with clinical and review journals taking the first positions.

Notably, the Nature Publishing Group can now brag about having 5 journals in the Top-10 (Nat Rev Mol Cell Bio, Nat Rev Cancer, Nat Genet, Nature, Nat Rev Immunol). Nature raised its IF from 34.480 to 36.101.

Cell, which last year ranked 12th, is now number 14, with 32.401 (compared to its 2009 IF of 31.152).

Science, the other glam journal, didn’t move from its 2009 position, and is still number 15th, with an IF of 31.364.

I usually take a look at the numbers from the perspective of my field (see here for instance), so let’s get down to business. Let’s check who made it to the Top-20 in the field of “Biochemistry & Molecular Biology”:

# Journal (Publisher)
01 CELL (Cell Press)
02 ANNU REV BIOCHEM (Annual Reviews)
03 NAT MED (NPG)
04 NAT CHEM BIOL (NPG)
05 MOL PSYCHIATR (NPG)
06 MOL CELL (Cell Press)
07 NAT STRUCT MOL BIOL (NPG)
08 GENOME RES (CSHL Press)
09 PLOS BIOL (Public Library of Science)
10 MOL ASPECTS MED (Elsevier)
11 TRENDS BIOCHEM SCI (Cell Press)
12 TRENDS MOL MED (Cell Press)
13 REV PHYSIOL BIOCH P (Springer)
14 CRIT REV BIOCHEM MOL (Informa)
15 EMBO J (NPG)
16 CURR BIOL (Cell Press)
17 CURR OPIN STRUC BIOL (Elsevier)
18 BBA-REV CANCER (Elsevier)
19 MOL SYST BIOL (NPG)
20 EUR CELLS MATER (AO Foundation)

Cell is still #1 in this subject category and now EMBO J joins the top 20.

And how are our friends over at PLoS doing this year?

1 PLOS MED
2 PLOS BIOL
3 PLOS GENET
4 PLOS PATHOG
5 PLOS COMPUT BIOL
6 PLOS NEGLECT TROP D
7 PLOS ONE

Just as last year, the PLoS ranking is lead by PLoS Medicine, with 15.617 (last year was 13.050), followed by PLoS Biology, the flagship open-access journal of the Public Library of Science, with 12.469 (2009: 12.916).

PLoS Comput Biol didn’t have an IF last year and it’s nice to see that they are doing OK, with an IF of 5.515.

The criticized PLoS ONE shows once again that their system works, going up from 4.351 to 4.411.

That’s it for the moment. Now, it’s time for me to go do nuclei prep for some chromatin immunoprecipitation assays while I’m still in the US.

(Image credits: Journals)

Source:

The 2010 Journal Citation Reports©, published by Thomson Reuters

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