Journal rankings of environmental studies and science

The impact of journals over the short and the long term is often quite different.  ScienceWatch.com presents journal impact factors based on the longer term impact of journals in environmental science and environmental studies.

Below are rankings in environmental science for between 1998 and 2007, which only include journals cited over 10,000 times between 1998-2007.

Rank Journal Papers Citations Citations/
Paper
1 Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution & Systematics 131 15,293 116.74
2 Nature 395 41,042 103.9
3 Science 397 34,568 87.07
4 Trends in Ecology and Evolution 727 39,356 54.13
5 Ecological Monographs 309 11,310 36.6
6 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 491 17,088 34.8
7 Systematic Biology 416 12,194 29.31
8 Ecology 3,161 80,313 25.41
9 Ecology Letters 1,133 26,327 23.24
10 The American Naturalist 1,618 36,694 22.68
11 Conservation Biology 1,729 36,209 20.94
12 Environmental Health Perspectives 3,374 70,023 20.75
13 Molecular Ecology 3,345 69,275 20.71
14 Ecological Applications 1,711 34,899 20.4
15 Journal of Ecology 1,081 20,969 19.4
16 Global Change Biology 1,508 27,995 18.56
17 Journal of Applied Ecology 1,162 21,032 18.1
18 Oecologia 3,219 56,010 17.4
19 Ecosystems 705 12,199 17.3
20 Environmental Science & Technology 10,006 171,816 17.17

note: The data for the multidisciplinary journals listed – Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of the USA – take into account only those articles that have been classified by Thomson Reuters as ecology and environmental sciences papers.

And, using a slightly different system, journal rankings in Environmental Studies.  Note the contrast in short and longer term rankings.  It is unclear whether these are due to changes in the journal over time, or speed of citation.

Rank 2007 Impact Factor Impact 2003-07 Impact 1981-2007
1 Ann. Rev. Envir. Res.
(4.04)
Ann. Rev. Envir. Res.
(7.60)
J. Envir. Econ./Mgmt.
(14.66)
2 Global Envir. Change
(3.92)
Global Envir. Change
(4.74)
Environ. & Planning-D
(13.13)
3 Energy Policy
(1.90)
J. Envir. Econ./Mgmt.
(3.80)
Environment & Behavior
(11.25)
4 Environ. & Planning-D
(1.81)
J. Envir. Psychology
(3.49)
Land Economics
(10.37)
5 Regional Studies
(1.80)
Int. Region. Sci. Rev.
(3.41)
J. Leisure Research
(10.20)
6 Harvard Env. Law Rev.
(1.78)
Landscape Urban Plan.
(3.13)
J. Envir. Psychology
(9.72)
7 Environ. & Planning-A
(1.73)
Environ. & Planning-A
(3.01)
Global Envir. Change
(8.54)
8 Int. Region. Sci. Rev.
(1.72)
Res. & Energy Economics
(2.80)
Regional Studies
(8.06)
9 Landscape Urban Plan.
(1.63)
Land Economics
(2.80)
J. Regional Science
(7.94)
10 Energy Journal
(1.58)
Environ. & Planning-D
(2.72)
Environ. & Planning-A
(7.88)

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