Top journals in education ranked by 2007 impact factor

The data below provide the latest ranking by impact factor for journals of education indexed

December 4, 2008

Journal title Cites in 2007 to journalImpact factor for 2007No of articles in 2007
1 Journal of Engineering Education638 3.00028
2 Academy of Management: Learning and Education3382.79620
3 Scientific Studies of Reading 42.67615
4 Review of Educational Research1,7602.60016
5 Journal of American College Health1,0591.94059
6 American Educational Research Journal1,5011.93029
7 Health Education Research1,8011.78681
8 Computers & Education7731.602123
9 Journal of the Learning Sciences5671.57115
10 Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics5191.36116
11 AIDS Education and Prevention1,2171.35942
12 Journal of Research in Reading2621.340
13 Sociology of Education1,2491.29016
14 Language Learning & Technology1691.2221
15 Journal of Research in Science Teaching1,7541.14861
15 Reading Research Quarterly1,1671.148
17 Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis6531.06214
17 Elementary School Journal6511.06220
19 Learning and Instruction 795 1.02952
20 Harvard Educational Review8441.00025
The data above provide the latest ranking by impact factor for journals of education indexed by Thomson Reuters in its Journal Citations Report for the Social Sciences for 2007. The impact factor is simply one measure of a journal’s influence (there are many others). It is a weighted measure – of citations per paper – and as such it is an attempt to compare journals of the same subject area that publish different numbers of papers each year. Journals producing many articles would typically­­ attract more citations than those publishing comparatively fewer articles. 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 regular articles and reviews published in years 1 and 2. As such, this is a relatively short-term measure of journal influence. In a field such as education, articles tend to receive citations many years after their publication, and the peak citation rate may be five years or more after an article appears. For this reason, the above ranking should be interpreted as “early returns” on the current status of professional journals in education.

Source: Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports for the Social Sciences, 2007.

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