A fairer way to rank conservation and ecology journals in 2014

1 08 2014

Normally I just report the Thomson-Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge Impact Factors for conservation-orientated journals each year, with some commentary on the rankings of other journals that also publish conservation-related material from time to time (see my lists of the 2008200920102011 and 2012 Impact Factor rankings).

This year, however, I’m doing something different given the growing negativity towards Thomson-Reuters’ secretive behaviour (which they’ve promised this year to rectify by being more transparent) and the generally poor indication of quality that the Impact Factor represents. Although the 2013 Impact Factors have just been released (very late this year, for some reason), I’m going to compare them to the increasingly reputable Google Scholar Journal Metrics, which intuitively make more sense to me, are transparent and turn a little of the rankings dogma on its ear.

In addition to providing both the Google metric as well as the Impact Factor rankings, I’ve come up with a composite (average) rank from the two systems. I think ranks are potentially more useful than raw corrected citation metrics because you must first explicitly set your set of journals to compare. I also go one step further and modify the average ranking with a penalty term that is essentially the addition of the coefficient of variation of rank disparity between the two systems.

Read on for the results.

Google Scholar Journal Metrics are to me a more intuitive and open way to categorise journal ‘quality’. They also seem to be more in keeping with my own subjective views of relative journal merit. While Google Journal Metrics have specific sub-categories (like Biodiversity & Conservation BiologyEcology, and Marine Science & Fisheries), they rank only the top 20 journals in the sub-discipline and do not provide good cross-disciplinary comparisons. In other words, you have to search for specific journals manually.

I have therefore combed through various sub-categories and other generalist journals to provide a bit of a ranking guide for conservation ecologists. The first table lists 75 ecology/conservation journals along with a smattering of high-impact generalist journals that I personally think cover most of our discipline. I do not contend that the list is complete, and it is most certainly biased toward the journals in which I most regularly publish; however, I think if you’re in this business, the list represents the most common journals to which one would consider submitting.

Column 1 gives the Google Journal Metric (h5-index: the h-index for articles published in the last 5 complete years; it is the largest number h such that h articles published in 2009-2013 have at least h citations each), and Column 2 gives this year’s (and last year’s for comparison) ISI Impact Factor:

Google Journal Metric

ISI Impact Factor
  1. Nature 355
  2. Science 311
  3. P Natl Acad Sci USA 217
  4. PLoS One 148
  5. PLoS Biology 96
  6. Current Biology 96
  7. Phil Trans R Soc B 95
  8. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 86
  9. Ecology Letters 83
  10. Global Change Biology 83
  11. P Roy Soc B 79
  12. Science of the Total Environment 74
  13. Molecular Ecology 71
  14. Ecology 68
  15. Biological Conservation 60
  16. Conservation Biology 58
  17. Ecological Applications 56
  18. Journal of Applied Ecology 56
  19. Frontiers Ecol Environ 56
  20. Molecular Ecology Resources 55
  21. Nature Climate Change 54
  22. Forest Ecology & Management 53
  23. BioScience 51
  24. Functional Ecology 51
  25. Journal of Ecology 51
  26. Environ Model Software 51
  27. Journal of Animal Ecology 50
  28. Journal of Biogeography 49
  29. Marine Ecology Progress Series 49
  30. Ecological Indicators 48
  31. Global Ecology and Biogeography 47
  32. Biology Letters 47
  33. Annu Rev Mar Sci 47
  34. Freshwater Biology 46
  35. Marine Pollution Bulletin 46
  36. Oecologia 46
  37. Diversity and Distributions 45
  38. Ann Rev Ecol Evol Syst 45
  39. Oikos 44
  40. Ecography 43
  41. Limnology & Oceanography 43
  42. Biological Invasions 41
  43. Global & Planetary Change 41
  44. Hydrobiologia 39
  45. Landscape Ecology 38
  46. Biodiversity and Conservation 37
  47. Ecological Monographs 37
  48. Conservation Letters 36
  49. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 36
  50. Coral Reefs 36
  51. Fish & Fisheries 35
  52. Marine Biology 34
  53. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 33
  54. Journal of Vegetation Science 32
  55. Journal of Wildlife Management 32
  56. Ambio 32
  57. Restoration Ecology 31
  58. Basic and Applied Ecology 30
  59. Biotropica 28
  60. Plant Ecology 28
  61. Animal Conservation 28
  62. Conservation Genetics 28
  63. Austral Ecology 24
  64. Environmental Conservation 24
  65. Aquat Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst 24
  66. Oryx 24
  67. Wildlife Research 22
  68. Endangered Species Research 21
  69. Ecosphere 21
  70. Journal of Insect Conservation 21
  71. Journal for Nature Conservation 18
  72. Insect Conservation & Diversity 18
  73. Bird Conservation International 14
  74. Ecology & Evolution 14
  75. Tropical Conservation Science 13
  1. Nature 42.351 ↑ from 38.597
  2. Science 31.477 ↑ from 31.027
  3. Annu Rev Mar Sci 16.381 ↑ from 14.368
  4. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 15.353 ↓ from 15.389
  5. Nature Climate Change 15.295 ↑ from 14.472
  6. Ecology Letters 13.042 ↓ from 17.949
  7. PLoS Biology 11.771 ↓ from 12.690
  8. Ann Rev Ecol Evol Syst 10.977 ↑ from 10.375
  9. Current Biology 9.916 ↑ from 9.494
  10. P Natl Acad Sci USA 9.809 ↑ from 9.737
  11. Fish & Fisheries 8.755 ↑ from 5.855
  12. Frontiers Ecol Environ 8.412 ↑ from 7.615
  13. Global Change Biology 8.224 ↑ from 6.910
  14. Global Ecology and Biogeography 7.242 ↑ from 7.223
  15. Ecological Monographs 7.107 ↓ from 8.085
  16. Phil Trans R Soc B 6.314 ↑ from 6.230
  17. Molecular Ecology 5.840 ↓ from 6.275
  18. Journal of Ecology 5.694 ↑ from 5.431
  19. Molecular Ecology Resources 5.626 ↓ from 7.432
  20. Diversity and Distributions 5.469 ↓ from 6.122
  21. BioScience 5.439 ↑ from 4.739
  22. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 5.322 ↓ from 5.924
  23. P Roy Soc B 5.292 ↓ from 5.683
  24. Conservation Letters 5.032 ↑ from 4.356
  25. Ecology 5.000 ↓ from 5.175
  26. Journal of Biogeography 4.969 ↑ from 4.863
  27. Functional Ecology 4.857 ↓ from 4.860
  28. Journal of Applied Ecology 4.754 ↑ from 4.740
  29. Journal of Animal Ecology 4.726 ↓ from 4.841
  30. Environ Model Software 4.538 ↑ from 3.608
  31. Conservation Biology 4.320 ↓ from 4.355
  32. Ecography 4.207 ↓ from 5.124
  33. Ecological Applications 4.126 ↑ from 3.815
  34. Biological Conservation 4.036 ↑ from 3.794
  35. Global & Planetary Change 3.707 ↑ from 3.155
  36. Coral Reefs 3.623 ↓ from 3.662
  37. Limnology & Oceanography 3.615 ↑ from 3.405
  38. Landscape Ecology 3.574 ↑ from 2.897
  39. Oikos 3.559 ↑ from 3.322
  40. PLoS One 3.534 ↓ from 3.730
  41. Biology Letters 3.425 ↑ from 3.348
  42. Journal of Vegetation Science 3.372 ↑ from 2.818
  43. Oecologia 3.248 ↑ from 3.011
  44. Ecological Indicators 3.230 ↑ from 2.890
  45. Science of the Total Environment 3.163 ↓ from 3.258
  46. Ambio 2.973 ↑ from 2.295
  47. Freshwater Biology 2.905 ↓ from 3.933
  48. Marine Pollution Bulletin 2.793 ↑ from 2.531
  49. Biological Invasions 2.716 ↑ from 2.509
  50. Forest Ecology & Management 2.667 ↓ from 2.766
  51. Marine Ecology Progress Series 2.640 ↑ from 2.546
  52. Ecosphere 2.595 (1st IF)
  53. Animal Conservation 2.524 ↓ from 2.692
  54. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 2.475 ↑ from 2.263
  55. Marine Biology 2.393 ↓ from 2.468
  56. Basic and Applied Ecology 2.389 ↓ from 2.696
  57. Environmental Conservation 2.320 ↓ from 2.341
  58. Hydrobiologia 2.212 ↑ from 1.985
  59. Biotropica 2.082 ↓ from 2.351
  60. Biodiversity and Conservation 2.065 ↓ from 2.264
  61. Restoration Ecology 1.991 ↑ from 1.934
  62. Insect Conservation & Diversity 1.937 from 1.937
  63. Oryx 1.914 ↑ from 1.624
  64. Conservation Genetics 1.846 ↓ from 2.183
  65. Journal for Nature Conservation 1.833 ↑ from 1.535
  66. Journal of Insect Conservation 1.789 ↓ from 1.801
  67. Aq Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst 1.756 ↓ from 1.917
  68. Austral Ecology 1.724 ↓ from 1.738
  69. Ecology & Evolution 1.658 ↑ from 1.184
  70. Plant Ecology 1.640 ↑ from 1.534
  71. Journal of Wildlife Management 1.611 ↓ from 1.640
  72. Bird Conservation International 1.554 ↑ from 1.074
  73. Tropical Conservation Science 1.329 ↑ from 1.092
  74. Wildlife Research 1.194 ↓ from 1.381
  75. Endangered Species Research (not listed)

Of course, a rank-only assessment here is a little false, for you wouldn’t submit a paper on animals to a plant journal, nor a plant conservation or ecology paper to an insect journal. But in general if you’re fishing for a good target journal, these rankings could help you decide.

A few things jump out here. The Google rankings are in places quite a bit different to the IF-based ones. For example, check out PLoS One – it has a respectable, if not somewhat mediocre IF = 3.534, but its Google h5-index is a whopping 148, placing it 4th of all the 75 journals listed here (even higher than PLoS Biology, Current Biology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution and Ecology Letters). Maybe this open-access model is working after all.

Another ranking anomaly is Nature Climate Change: it has a good IF at 15.295, but it’s ranked 21st in this list according to Google. For conservation journals, Biological Conservation beats Conservation Biology according to Google, but Conservation Letters wins according to Impact Factors (followed by Conservation Biology and Biological Conservation).

Overall, most journals in this list (57 %) increased their IF from last year, but this isn’t really meaningful considering that journals increase their IF over time on average. However, there was one noticeable big drop: Ecology Letters went from 17.949 (2012) to 13.042 (2013).

As mentioned above, the next thing I did was to calculate a simple rank average from the two systems (Column 1). I also penalised the rank if there was considerable disparity between the two ranking systems. Here, I just added the coefficient of variation of the rank (rank SD/mean rank) to the average rank (Column 2), such that journals with identical ranks in the two systems received a zero penalty, and those with widely divergent ranks slipped partially in their average rank.

Average Rank

Average Rank + CV
  1. Nature 1
  2. Science 2
  3. PLoS Biology 6
  4. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 6
  5. P Natl Acad Sci USA 6.5
  6. Current Biology 7.5
  7. Ecology Letters 7.5
  8. Phil Trans R Soc B 11.5
  9. Global Change Biology 11.5
  10. Nature Climate Change 13
  11. Molecular Ecology 15
  12. Frontiers Ecol Environ 15.5
  13. P Roy Soc B 17
  14. Annu Rev Mar Sci 18
  15. Ecology 19.5
  16. Molecular Ecology Resources 19.5
  17. Journal of Ecology 21.5
  18. PLoS One 22
  19. BioScience 22
  20. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22.5
  21. Journal of Applied Ecology 23
  22. Ann Rev Ecol Evol Syst 23
  23. Conservation Biology 23.5
  24. Biological Conservation 24.5
  25. Ecological Applications 25
  26. Functional Ecology 25.5
  27. Journal of Biogeography 27
  28. Environ Model Software 28
  29. Journal of Animal Ecology 28
  30. Science of the Total Environment 28.5
  31. Diversity and Distributions 28.5
  32. Ecological Monographs 31
  33. Fish & Fisheries 31
  34. Forest Ecology & Management 36
  35. Ecography 36
  36. Conservation Letters 36
  37. Biology Letters 36.5
  38. Ecological Indicators 37
  39. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 37.5
  40. Oikos 39
  41. Limnology & Oceanography 39
  42. Global & Planetary Change 39
  43. Oecologia 39.5
  44. Marine Ecology Progress Series 40
  45. Freshwater Biology 40.5
  46. Marine Pollution Bulletin 41.5
  47. Landscape Ecology 41.5
  48. Coral Reefs 43
  49. Biological Invasions 45.5
  50. Journal of Vegetation Science 48
  51. Hydrobiologia 51
  52. Ambio 51
  53. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 51.5
  54. Biodiversity and Conservation 53
  55. Marine Biology 53.5
  56. Basic and Applied Ecology 57
  57. Animal Conservation 57
  58. Restoration Ecology 59
  59. Biotropica 59
  60. Environmental Conservation 60.5
  61. Ecosphere 60.5
  62. Journal of Wildlife Management 63
  63. Conservation Genetics 63
  64. Oryx 64.5
  65. Plant Ecology 65
  66. Austral Ecology 65.5
  67. Aquat Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst 66
  68. Insect Conservation & Diversity 67
  69. Journal of Insect Conservation 68
  70. Journal for Nature Conservation 68
  71. Wildlife Research 70.5
  72. Ecology & Evolution 71.5
  73. Bird Conservation International 72.5
  74. Tropical Conservation Science 74
  75. Endangered Species Research
  1. Nature 1.000
  2. Science 2.000
  3. PLoS Biology 6.236
  4. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 6.471
  5. P Natl Acad Sci USA 7.261
  6. Current Biology 7.783
  7. Ecology Letters 7.783
  8. Global Change Biology 11.684
  9. Phil Trans R Soc B 12.053
  10. Nature Climate Change 13.870
  11. Molecular Ecology 15.189
  12. Frontiers Ecol Environ 15.819
  13. P Roy Soc B 17.499
  14. Annu Rev Mar Sci 19.179
  15. Molecular Ecology Resources 19.536
  16. Ecology 19.899
  17. Journal of Ecology 21.730
  18. BioScience 22.064
  19. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23.034
  20. PLoS One 23.157
  21. Journal of Applied Ecology 23.307
  22. Ann Rev Ecol Evol Syst 23.922
  23. Conservation Biology 23.951
  24. Biological Conservation 25.048
  25. Ecological Applications 25.453
  26. Functional Ecology 25.583
  27. Journal of Biogeography 27.052
  28. Journal of Animal Ecology 28.051
  29. Environ Model Software 28.101
  30. Diversity and Distributions 28.922
  31. Science of the Total Environment 29.319
  32. Ecological Monographs 31.730
  33. Fish & Fisheries 31.912
  34. Ecography 36.157
  35. Conservation Letters 36.471
  36. Forest Ecology & Management 36.550
  37. Biology Letters 36.674
  38. Ecological Indicators 37.268
  39. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 38.085
  40. Oikos 39.000
  41. Limnology & Oceanography 39.073
  42. Global & Planetary Change 39.145
  43. Oecologia 39.625
  44. Marine Ecology Progress Series 40.389
  45. Freshwater Biology 40.727
  46. Landscape Ecology 41.619
  47. Marine Pollution Bulletin 41.722
  48. Coral Reefs 43.230
  49. Biological Invasions 45.609
  50. Journal of Vegetation Science 48.177
  51. Ambio 51.139
  52. Hydrobiologia 51.194
  53. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 51.569
  54. Biodiversity and Conservation 53.187
  55. Marine Biology 53.540
  56. Basic and Applied Ecology 57.025
  57. Animal Conservation 57.099
  58. Biotropica 59.000
  59. Restoration Ecology 59.048
  60. Environmental Conservation 60.582
  61. Ecosphere 60.699
  62. Conservation Genetics 63.022
  63. Journal of Wildlife Management 63.180
  64. Oryx 64.533
  65. Plant Ecology 65.109
  66. Austral Ecology 65.554
  67. Aquat Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst 66.021
  68. Insect Conservation & Diversity 67.106
  69. Journal of Insect Conservation 68.042
  70. Journal for Nature Conservation 68.062
  71. Wildlife Research 70.570
  72. Ecology & Evolution 71.549
  73. Bird Conservation International 72.510
  74. Tropical Conservation Science 74.019
  75. Endangered Species Research

Note that I’ve boldfaced what I consider to be mainly ‘conservation’ journals in these two lists to help focus your decision if a conservation audience is your primary target. The take-home message here is that Conservation Biology and Biological Conservation are more or less equally ranked (above Conservation Letters), and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (if you consider that to be a ‘conservation’ journal) is the clear winner.

Finally, some argue that the 5-year Impact Factor is a better reflection of a journal’s citation quality than the 2-year Impact Factor. Just for shits & giggles then, I recalculated the average rank between Google and the 5-year Impact Factor. The results are only a little different:

Average Rank

(Google + 5-yr IF)

  1. Nature 1
  2. Science 2
  3. P Natl Acad Sci USA 6
  4. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 6
  5. PLoS Biology 6.5
  6. Ecology Letters 7
  7. Current Biology 8.5
  8. Phil Trans R Soc B 11
  9. Global Change Biology 11.5
  10. Nature Climate Change 14
  11. Frontiers Ecol Environ 14.5
  12. Molecular Ecology 16
  13. P Roy Soc B 17
  14. Ecology 17.5
  15. Annu Rev Mar Sci 19.5
  16. Journal of Applied Ecology 20
  17. BioScience 20
  18. Ann Rev Ecol Evol Syst 20.5
  19. PLoS One 21.5
  20. Conservation Biology 21.5
  21. Journal of Ecology 22.5
  22. Biological Conservation 23.5
  23. Ecological Applications 23.5
  24. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23.5
  25. Science of the Total Environment 26.5
  26. Functional Ecology 26.5
  27. Journal of Animal Ecology 26.5
  28. Molecular Ecology Resources 27
  29. Journal of Biogeography 29.5
  30. Ecological Monographs 29.5
  31. Environ Model Software 31
  32. Diversity and Distributions 31
  33. Ecography 32
  34. Fish & Fisheries 32.5
  35. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 35.5
  36. Forest Ecology & Management 36
  37. Biology Letters 37
  38. Ecological Indicators 38
  39. Limnology & Oceanography 38
  40. Global & Planetary Change 38
  41. Conservation Letters 38
  42. Marine Ecology Progress Series 38.5
  43. Freshwater Biology 38.5
  44. Oikos 39.5
  45. Oecologia 40
  46. Landscape Ecology 41.5
  47. Marine Pollution Bulletin 42
  48. Coral Reefs 43.5
  49. Biological Invasions 46.5
  50. Journal of Vegetation Science 49.5
  51. Biodiversity and Conservation 51
  52. Hydrobiologia 52
  53. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 53.5
  54. Animal Conservation 54
  55. Marine Biology 54.5
  56. Ambio 54.5
  57. Basic and Applied Ecology 55
  58. Restoration Ecology 59
  59. Biotropica 59
  60. Environmental Conservation 59
  61. Journal of Wildlife Management 61
  62. Ecosphere 62
  63. Plant Ecology 63
  64. Aquat Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst 63.5
  65. Oryx 64.5
  66. Conservation Genetics 66
  67. Austral Ecology 66
  68. Journal for Nature Conservation 67.5
  69. Insect Conservation & Diversity 68.5
  70. Journal of Insect Conservation 69
  71. Wildlife Research 69.5
  72. Ecology & Evolution 72.5
  73. Bird Conservation International 73
  74. Tropical Conservation Science 74.5
  75. Endangered Species Research

I’m sure I’ve missed some people’s favourite journals here, but I think my approach can be used for any sub-discipline or collection of journals you might choose to compare. I’m just glad we no longer have to rely solely on Impact Factors to make important decisions about where we submit our work. 

CJA Bradshaw


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14 07 2017
Journal ranks 2016 | ConservationBytes.com

[…] journals, (iii) 21 conservation journals, just as I have done in previous years (2015, 2014,  2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, […]

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20 06 2017
Tuesday taster: 20/06/2017 – Functional Ecologists

[…] Talking about impact, I can segue to impact factors; you love them or you hate them. But inevitably, for many of our community they have become a part of our professional life. Last week ISI Web of Science has released its new impact factors. Functional Ecology has consolidated its position amongst the leading journals in ecology; with an impact factor of 5.63, it ranks 14 out of 153 listed journal. If you are interested in alternative approaches to calculating journal impacts, I would recommend going back to a late 2014 post on ConservationBytes.com. […]

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26 07 2016
Journal ranks 2015 | ConservationBytes.com

[…] So in what has become a bit of an annual tradition, I’m publishing the ranks of a mixed list of ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary disciplines that probably cover most of the journals you might be interested in comparing. Like for last year, I make no claims that this list is comprehensive or representative. For previous lists based on ISI Impact Factors (except 2014), see the following links (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). […]

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18 02 2016
How to rank journals | ConservationBytes.com

[…] ecology according to their ISI® Impact Factor (see lists for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013). These lists have proven to be exceedingly […]

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23 09 2015
Brian

I agree that larger journals will get higher rank (We’ll never see Wildlife Monographs on this list because each issue only has 1 “article”) and that individual papers rather than the journal should be the base of the rank. Seems to me that each paper should be ranked by how often it’s cited and a then a journal rank created by averaging by the number of papers in that issue. This would increase the rank of smaller journals when their articles are great.

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19 08 2015
Tim O'Connell

Reblogged this on The Waterthrush Blog and commented:
Reblogged from ConservationBytes.com – good stuff!

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22 01 2015
wogorman

Reblogged this on Joey O'Gorman.

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16 09 2014
Attention Ecologists: Journal Ranking Survey | ConservationBytes.com

[…] the interest of providing greater transparency when ranking the ‘quality’ of scientific journals, we are interested in collecting ecologists’ views on the relative impact of different […]

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11 08 2014
Andrew

Hi Corey,

Nice to see you pushing to try and address the limitations of our current ways of measuring the “quality” of published research. Goodness knows we need it. However, a true reflection of research quality is not offered when journals with large numbers of publications are favoured (thanks for raising the point above, Florian).

In your proposed system, as you note, the ranks of journals vary between Thomson-Reuters measure and your proposed ones. Given the differences in the various options you present for measuring quality, I’d be interested to see how journals rank when numbers of publications are accounted for.

This discussion raises the question, more importantly in our field, of what is the real impact of a piece of research on the ground? If conservation policy-makers and managers are searching for relevant and useful science and are guided by the Thomson-Reuters measure or the measures proposed here, then they’re more likely to be disappointed – overwhelmingly most of the literature is not policy relevant. It has no “impact”. My impression is that generally-speaking the higher impact factor the lower the relevance those implementing conservation action.

We need to be really careful about how we define the difference between “quality” and “impact”, and the relative importance of each. Large numbers of articles is definitely not a useful guide. Let’s be sending the most useful message to conservation scientists, policy-makers and managers.

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7 08 2014
2013 Journal Impact Factors: Conservation and Herpetology Edition | ecoroulette

[…] you are interested in alternative metrics and how they stack up against standard IFs, head over to Conservation Bytes for an interesting look at the […]

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1 08 2014
Xingfeng

Hi Corey,

Thanks for the post. Most researches in China, at least in our university, are evaluated by ISI impact factor. As a result, we do take care about it. For example, I should at least publish a paper in a journal with its IF > 3 to apply my degree.

The average rank you proposed is very interesting. I’ve translated it into Chinese and posted on my website for a broader audience: http://sixf.org/cn/2014/08/google-scholar-journal-matrix-and-impact-factor/

You’ll find the original web-link of your post in the end of the translation, so that the audience will redirect here if they’d like to read the English post.

Regards,
Xingfeng

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1 08 2014
Florian Hartig

The google scholar index is a h-index per journal http://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/metrics.html#metrics. Journals that publish more papers naturally have a higher chance to get a high index, which explains the high value of PLOS ONE.

I’m not a big fan of ISI, but I find the definition of the IF quite transparent and a lot more sensible as a measure of quality that the h-index of google, which is more an importance / size index of a journal.

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1 08 2014
strdon

My opinion is that it is papers rather than journals that have impact. Today, papers are found readily by topic in Google Scholar or other places.

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23 09 2015
Brian

So I’d look at the top 30 papers to see which journal was ‘better’ for my topic? Very transparent and some will prefer to make their own decisions, but will still lead to someone creating a summary by journal, leading us back to some kind of rank by journals.

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