Top journals in geography

Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators database, January 1999-October 2009

February 18, 2010

 JournalPapers CitationsCitations per paper
1 Progress in Human Geography419 6,503 15.52
2Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers305 3,765 12.34
3Global Environmental Change333 4,053 12.17
4Annals of the Association of American Geographers430 5,154 11.99
5Economic Geography190 2,198 11.57
6Journal of Economic Geography211 2,330 11.04
7 Landscape and Urban Planning994 8,342 8.39
8Environment and Planning D – Society and Space456 3,653 8.01
9 Political Geography399 3,165 7.93
10 Antipode484 3,453 7.13
11 Environment and Planning A1,306 9,217 7.06
12 Regional Studies761 5,256 6.91
13International Journal of Geographical Information Science521 3,536 6.79
14International Journal of Urban and Regional Research595 3,992 6.71
15Professional Geographer458 3,059 6.68
16Geoforum684 4,134 6.04
17 Geographical Analysis221 1,315 5.95
18Area425 2,453 5.77
19Applied Geography210 1,087 5.18
20Geographical Journal245 1,184 4.83
The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This surveys only journal articles (original research reports and reviews) 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. Our ranking of journals in geography 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 the social sciences, 810 journals are listed, meaning 1,620 journals in the social sciences were surveyed. A total of 35 geography journals were identified among the 810 titles.

This ranking should be recognised as distinct 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 three to a journal’s contents in years one and two, divided by the number of citable items. Thus, the above ranking reveals longer-term impact (citations per paper).

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