Top journals in agricultural sciences

Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators, 1 January 2000-28 February 2010

July 1, 2010

 Journal Papers CitationsCitations per paper
1 Journal of Nutrition4,942 90,599 18.33
2 Proceedings of the Nutrition Society733 12,061 16.45
3 Agricultural and Forest Meteorology1,2 19,185 15.64
4 International Journal of Food Microbiology2,771 37,799 13.64
5 Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry13,230 164,131 12.41
6 International Diary Journal1,201 14,469 12.05
7 British Journal of Nutrition2,906 33,343 11.47
8 Nutrition Reviews878 9,944 11.33
9 Journal of Diary Science4,793 51,284 10.70
10 European Journal of Soil Science837 8,905 10.64
11 European Journal of Agronomy611 6,435 10.53
12 Food Additives & Contaminants1,237 12,737 10.30
13 Journal of Cereal Science776 7,837 10.10
14 Food Research International1,237 12,360 9.99
15 Applied Soil Ecology817 8,125 9.94
16 Food Hydrocolloids1,166 11,410 9.79
17 Geoderma1,612 15,733 9.76
18 Postharvest Biology and Technology1,264 12,317 9.74
19 Food Microbiology902 8,663 9.60
20 Soil & Tillage Research1,131 10,699 9.46
The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period January 2000 through February 2010, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and the journal-to-category field-definition scheme used by Thomson Reuters. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated.

Here our ranking of journals in agricultural sciences is by citations per paper to reveal weighted impact. Essential Science Indicators lists journals ranked in the top 50 per cent for a field over a given period, based on total citations. In agricultural sciences, 163 journals are listed, meaning 326 journals in this field were surveyed.

Of these 163 journals, 92 published 500 or more papers during the period. This ranking of the top 20 should be recognised as distinctly different from the Thomson Reuters impact-factor rankings, which are presented in the Journal Citation Reports issued each year. The impact factor is calculated as citations in Year 3 to a journal’s contents in Years 1 and 2, divided by the number of so-called citable items (regular articles and reviews) in Years 1 and 2. Thus, the above ranking reveals longer-term impact (citations per paper).

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