Journal ranks 2019

8 07 2020


For the last 12 years and running, I’ve been generating journal ranks based on the journal-ranking method we published several years ago. Since the Google journal h-indices were just released, here are the new 2019 ranks for: (i) 99 ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary journals, and a subset of (ii) 61 ‘ecology’ journals, (iii) 27 ‘conservation’ journals, (iv) 41 ‘sustainability’ journals (with general and energy-focussed journals included), and (v) 20 ‘marine & freshwater’ journals.

See also the previous years’ rankings (2018, 20172016201520142013, 2012, 20112010, 2009, 2008).

(i) ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary

eco, cons, gen

Here’s a more focussed list of the top-20 journals from above:

eco, cons, gen 20

Not much is different for the top-ranked journals since last year, but note how Nature Ecology and Evolution is climbing fast and is now essentially identical in citation potential as PNAS (both above Ecology Letters). PLoS Biology continues to lose ground, and Conservation Letters gains some. Note that I’ve included eLife this year.

(ii) ecology journals


For the leaders, things are similar to last year: Nature Ecology and Evolution has taken third spot this year, with Journal of Ecology falling considerably.

Here’s a closer look at the top-20 from that last list:


(iii) conservation journals

Here is the most interesting list for readers:


This hasn’t changed much from last year, except that Nature Ecology and Evolution now takes the top spot. Conservation Letters and Conservation Biology are essentially ranked identically.

(iv) sustainability journals

In the ‘sustainability’ journals (including some general-category ones too), not much has changed since last year:


(v) marine and freshwater journals

Not much change here either since last year, although ICES Journal of Marine Science has moved up a little:


CJA Bradshaw



4 responses

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9 07 2020

I’ve just uploaded the data on which these ranks are based at


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