Top journals in computer science

Data provided by Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators database, 1 January 1998-31 December 2008

May 14, 2009

 Journal Papers CitationsCitations per paper
1 IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communication1,954 23,738 12.15
2IEEE-ACM Transactions on Networking951 11,283 11.86
3 IBM Journal of Research and Development548 6,190 11.30
4IEEE Transactions on Information Theory3,466 36,419 10.51
5ACM Transactions on Graphics812 7,742 9.53
6SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing1,290 11,588 8.98
7 IEEE Transactions on Communications2,812 23,553 8.38
8IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering723 5,707 7.89
9 Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering3,347 26,006 7.77
10 Computer Vision and Image Understanding773 5,879 7.61
11IEEE Communications Magazine1,838 12,257 6.67
12 Computer-Aided Design1,006 6,439 6.40
13 Communications of the ACM1,797 11,037 6.14
14Journal of Machine Learning Research500 3,029 6.06
15 CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences660 3,917 5.93
16Computers & Chemical Engineering2,347 13,861 5.91
17SIAM Journal on Computing946 5,285 5.59
18Environmental Modelling & Software1,120 6,009 5.37
19IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation3,91120,6905.29
20Journal of Computer and System Sciences7013,6215.17

The data above were extracted from Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators database. This database, currently covering the period January 1998 through December 2008, 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 Thomson Reuters’ journal-to-category field-definition scheme. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated. Here our ranking of journals in computer science 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 computer science, 190 journals are listed, meaning 380 journals in this field were surveyed. Of these 190 journals, 96 published 500 or more papers during the period. This ranking of the top 20 by citation impact (citations per paper) should be recognised as distinctly different from 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. For more information on Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, see

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