The 2008 release of Journal Citation Reports is in (the IF report for a certain year, is released the following year). If it weren't for twitter I would have never known, mainly because every journal is promoting themselves through it. Score for twitter! (Please note: the image on the left will make sense in a second).
Anyway, you know how I feel about the IF [for example see here] and I've talked about the special care one has to have with it before, so I don't want you to get the impression that just because I'm posting the news I think we should all live our lives around the IF (which of course, I don't... don't be silly). The list, however, is a highlight so we are bringing some details right to your RSS reader (if you follow us through one of those).
Not many surprises on the top (considering ALL journals), with some medical (CA-CANCER J CLIN, NEW ENGL J MED) and review journals holding on to most of the top 10 positions (including some biology related journals like NAT REV MOL CELL BIO, ANNU REV IMMUNOL) but also of interest is Nature with an amazing 31.434 and Cell with a 31.253 (8th and 9th, respectively) way over Science at 28.103. Also, I didn't know Nature Genetics was doing so well (30.259!).
Now let's get down to business: who made the Top-20 in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology category? (I feel like I'm on E! at the Oscars... yes.. now the image should make sense. OK maybe it wasn't funny at all).
In descending order: CELL, ANNU REV BIOCHEM1, NAT MED, ANNU REV BIOPH BIOM1, NAT CHEM BIOL,TRENDS BIOCHEM SCI1, MOL CELL, PLOS BIOL, MOL PSYCHIATR, MOL SYST BIOL, PROG LIPID RES, NAT STRUCT MOL BIOL, CURR BIOL, BBA-REV CANCER1, GENOME RES2, TRENDS MOL MED1, PLANT CELL, CURR OPIN STRUC BIOL1, CRIT REV BIOCHEM MOL1, EMBO J
1 Review journals
2This journal keeps going up in the rankings, as a reflection of the way we are approaching science at present, making use of several bioinformatics tools to mine the increasing amounts of genomic data being generated, to ask and answer important biological questions. Also, to report such data!
So how are some of the PLoS Journals doing? PLoS Biology 12,683 (and still the best ranked, and let's face it, best overall PLoS Journal), PLoS Medicine 12.185 (close second!), PLoS Pathogens 9.125, PLoS Genetics 8.883, PLoS Computational Biology 5.895, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 4.172.
It is pretty awesome if you ask me. Great for PLoS and OA publishing!
We'll have to keep our eyes open in case someone gets down to do the analysis of how the OA journals did this year in the IF report. I'd be very interested in knowing if OA journals are going up in the rankings as some have suggested. Let us know shall you find such an analysis in the days to come.
The list is available through institutional subscription at Web of Science.
PS. For my plant biologists readers: Plant Cell 9.296 (and top 20 in B&MB!), The Plant Journal 6.493, Plant Physiology 6.110. Plant Physiology is getting closer!!