Top journals in mathematics based on citations per paper

Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators database, 1 January 1998-31 October 2008

March 5, 2009

 Journal Papers CitationsCitations per paper
1 SIAM Review284 6,240 21.97
2 Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, Statistical Methodology515 8,568 16.64
3 Journal of the American Statistical Association1,244 16,841 13.54
4 Annals of Mathematics521 6,235 11.97
5 Annals of Statistics1,040 12,216 11.75
6 Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics519 5,484 10.57
7 SIAM Journal on Optimization722 6,956 9.63
8 Inventiones Mathematicae773 7,343 9.50
9 Biometrics1,535 14,258 9.29
10 Biometrika869 7,411 8.53
11 SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis1,307 10,363 7.93
12 Mathematical Programming924 6,798 7.36
13 SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics1,059 6,960 6.57
14 Numerische Mathematik911 5,866 6.44
15 Mathematical Biosciences854 5,428 6.36
16 Annals of Probability921 5,694 6.18
17 Duke Mathematical Journal937 5,740 6.13
18 SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization1,1 6,460 5.73
19 Journal of Differential Equations2,181 11,452 5.25
20 Mathematics of Computation1,174 5,940 5.06
The data above were extracted from Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators database. This database, currently covering the period January 1998 through October 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 mathematics 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 mathematics, 211 journals are listed, meaning 422 journals in this field were surveyed. Of these 211 journals, 36 received 5,000 or more citations during the period. This ranking 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 (citations per paper). For more information on Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, see

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