Top journals in immunology

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

October 29, 2009

 Journal Papers CitationsCitations per paper
1Annual Review of Immunology269 65,458 243.34
2 Science289 55,801 193.08
3 Nature298 56,570 189.83
4 Nature Immunology1,183 119,063 100.64
5 Nature Reviews Immunology483 39,555 81.89
6 Immunity1,487 120,749 81.20
7 Trends in Immunology930 42,055 45.22
8 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA1,489 66,470 44.64
9 Current Opinions in Immunology979 41,965 42.87
10 Immunological Reviews1,178 43,698 37.10
11 Seminars in Immunology431 12,857 29.83
12 Journal of Immunology18,607 543,082 29.19
13 AIDS3,796 89,720 23.64
14 Journal of Infectious Diseases5,791 133,961 23.13
15 European Journal of Immunology3,850 85,058 22.09
16 Infection and Immunity9,213 185,247 20.11
17 Journal of Leukocyte Biology2,859 52,822 18.48
18 International Immunology1,740 29,545 16.98
19 Clinical & Experimental Allergy2,430 39,42116.22
20 JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes2,535 40,652 16.04
The data above were extracted from Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators database. This database, currently covering the period January 1999 to June 2009, 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 are for the period indicated.

Here, our ranking of journals in immunology 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 immunology, 61 journals are listed, meaning 122 journals in the field were surveyed. Of these, 41 received 10,000 or more citations during the period.

This top 20 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 so-called “citable” items (regular articles and reviews) in years one and two. Thus, the ranking reveals longer-term impact (citations per paper). The data for the multidisciplinary journals listed – Science, Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA – take into account only those articles classified by Thomson Reuters as immunology papers.

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