Journal ranks 2022 |


As I’ve completed yearly for the final 15 years, I can now current the 2022 conservation / ecology / sustainability journal ranks primarily based on my (printed) journal-ranking technique.

Though each the Clarivate (Influence Issue, Journal Quotation Indicator, Immediacy Index) and Scopus (CiteScore, Supply-Normalised Influence Per Paper, SCImago Journal Rank) values have been out for a few month or so, the Google (h5-index, h5-median) scores solely got here out yesterday.

This 12 months’s additionally a bit bizarre from the attitude of the Clarivate ranks. First, Influence Elements will not be supplied to a few important digits, however solely to at least one (e.g., 7.2 versus 7.162). That’s not such an enormous deal, however it does right for relative ranks primarily based on false precision. Nevertheless, the most important modifications are extra methdological — Influence Elements now take on-line articles under consideration (within the denominator), so most journals could have a decrease Influence Issue this 12 months in comparison with final. In truth, of the 105 journals within the ecology/conservation/multidisciplinary class which have knowledge for each 2021 and 2022, the 2022 Influence Elements are a median 15% decrease than the 2021 values.

One other impact in play seems to have been the pandemic. The worst of the pandemic occurred proper through the evaluation interval, and I’m fairly positive that is mirrored each when it comes to the variety of articles printed (down a median of 10%) and complete variety of citations within the evaluation interval (down 7%) per journal.

However utilizing my technique, these modifications a considerably irrelevant as a result of I calculate relative ranks, not an absolute rating.

I subsequently current the new 2022 ranks for: (i) 108 ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary journals, (ii) 28 open-access (i.e., you need to pay) journals from the earlier class, (iii) 66 ‘ecology’ journals, (iv) 31 ‘conservation’ journals, (v) 43 ‘sustainability’ journals (with basic and energy-focussed journals included), and (vi) 21 ‘marine & freshwater’ journals.

Listed here are the outcomes:

(i) ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary

Right here’s a extra focussed record of the top-20 journals from above:

Not loads of change from final 12 months, however One Earth does make it into the highest 20 in 2022.

From the complete pattern above, right here is the rating for the 28 journals which might be open-access, for those who fancy paying a number of hundreds (if not tens of hundreds) of {dollars}/euros/kilos for the privilege:

(ii) ecology journals

Not many modifications for the ecology journals, however One Earth once more has leap-frogged many competing journals and now locations 8th amongst these 66 ecology journals. Individuals and Nature has additionally entered the highest 20 this 12 months.

Right here’s a better have a look at the top-20 from that final record:

(iii) conservation journals

Right here is probably the most attention-grabbing record for readers:

There aren’t any actually hanging modifications right here both, however Conservation Biology has moved barely forward of Organic Conservation, and One Earth and Individuals and Nature are additionally doing properly on this class.

(iv) sustainability journals

Within the ‘sustainability’ journals (together with some general-category ones too), not a lot has modified since final 12 months:

(v) marine and freshwater journals

Not a lot change right here both since final 12 months:

So, there you’ve gotten it. Regardless of some relatively massive modifications in the way in which Influence Elements are calculated and the epidemic-related slowdown, not lots has modified when it comes to relative ranks.

You’ll be able to entry the uncooked knowledge for 2022 and use my RShiny app to derive your individual samples of journal ranks.

See additionally the earlier years’ rankings (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 20172016201520142013, 2012, 20112010, 2009, 2008).

CJA Bradshaw


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