Conservation and Ecology Impact Factors 2011

29 06 2012

Here we go – another year, another set of citations, and another journal ranking by ISI Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports. Love them or loathe them, Impact Factors (IF) are immensely important for dictating publication trends. No, a high Impact Factor doesn’t mean your paper will receive hundreds of citations, but the two are correlated.

I’ve previously listed the 2008, 2009 and 2010 IF for major conservation and ecology journals – now here are the 2011 IF fresh off the press (so to speak). I’ve included the 2010 alongside to see how journals have improved or worsened (but take note – journals increase their IF on average anyway merely by the fact that publication frequency is increasing, so small jumps aren’t necessarily meaningful).

Principally ‘conservation’ journals:

Some ecology journals that frequently publish conservation-related material:

Some more general journals that occasionally publish conservation papers:

Based on percentage change, the biggest relative gains among the ‘conservation’ journals were made by Conservation Genetics, Biological Conservation, Journal for Nature Conservation and Diversity and Distributions.

On an absolute IF front, most journals haven’t made many huge gains or losses. However, there are some things to note; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment continues to climb (it now is nearly on par with Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA), and while Trends in Ecology and Evolution is holding relatively steady, Ecology Letters is speeding forward – from a publishing perspective, it is easily the top journal in ecology and shows no signs of weakening.

CJA Bradshaw



12 responses

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5 03 2013
malcolm mccallum

Curious about how you select journals on your list. There are piles of wildlife and fisheries journals that are not here. Do you have an JIF minimum or did you just miss some? Thought I’ld help out with your nice resource! :)

Wildlife Biology 0.989
Journal of Wildlife Management 1.522
Wildlife Monographs 5.33
North american j of fish man 1.203
Fisheries 2.367
Fisheries Scinece 0.937
Canadian J of Fisheries and Aq Sci. 2.213
Turkish J of Fisheries and Aq sci. 0.591
European J of WL Res. 1.306
S Afr. J of WL Res 1.085
J of Insect Conservation 1.688
Chelonian Conservation and Biology 0.913
Herpetological Conservation and Biology 0.62 (first rating)
Insect Conservation and Diversity 1.705
Ecology and Society 3.310
Studies in Conservation 0.40
Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 0.92 (Not sure this is Thomson Reuter)
Bird Conservation International 1.25
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 1.929
Tropical Conservation 0.54
J Zoo and WL Med 0.381
J WL Dis 1.45


5 03 2013

Thank you. I’ve tried to keep to the main sources of literature that are primarily conservation-focussed. I cannot list them all (nor do I think I’m strictly allowed to).


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Biotropica! (2.229)


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