July 8, 2011

More than 100 BioMed Central journals now have impact factors

From BMC's July 3 press release, more evidence that open access does not equate with lack of quality or vanity publishing:

The 2010 edition of Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports, released on June 28th 2011, provides further evidence that open access journals are delivering not only high visibility but also high rates of citation and impact.

Altogether, 101 BioMed Central journals now have official impact factors. 21 journals recorded their first impact factors this year. Meanwhile, among the 80 journals which already had impact factors, 52 increased while only 28 declined. The average change in impact factor was an increase of 0.19 points.

Some highlights:

  • BMC Medicine (IF 5.75) saw a huge jump in its impact factor and is now in the top 10% of journals in the General Medicine category
  • Retrovirology (IF 5.24), is now 4th of 32 in the Virology category, overtaking Journal of Virology
  • Malaria Journal (IF 3.49) recorded its third successive increase and remains the 2nd most highly ranked journal in the Tropical Medicine category
  • Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (IF 4.33), official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, almost doubled its previous impact factor of 2.28
  • BMC Plant Biology (IF 4.09) increased from 3.77 to confirm its ranking in the top 10% of the Plant Science category
  • BMC Veterinary Research (IF 2.37) makes an exceptionally strong start, ranking 8th of 145 in the Veterinary Sciences category
  • Frontiers of Zoology (IF 2.42) debuts in the JCR in the top 10% of the Zoology category
  • Particle and Fibre Toxicology (IF 4.91) ranks 4th of 83 in the Toxicology category
  • Cell Division (IF 4.09) and Epigenetics & Chromatin (IF 4.73) also both make strong starts
Posted by stemp003 at July 8, 2011 11:28 AM
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