Top journals in sociology ranked by 2007 impact factor

September 11, 2008

 Journal Citations in 2007 to articles from 2005-06Impact factor for 2007Number of articles in 2007
1American Journal of Sociology 7,2643.33837
2American Sociological Review8,0923.742
3British Journal of Sociology9572.449
4Annual Review of Sociology2,9842.40025
5Global Networks – A Journal of Transnational Affairs2691.88625
6Sociology of Health & Illness1,3401.75955
7Journal of Marriage and the Family5,4471.75681
8Economy and Society9011.67828
9Social Networks8901.64434
10Social Problems1,5201.577
The data above provide the latest ranking by impact factor for journals of sociology indexed by Thomson Reuters in its Journal Citations Report for the social sciences for 2007. Sixty-five of 96 sociology journals in this database received 200 or more citations in 2007, and the top ten in impact factor are listed above. 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 C to a journal’s contents in years A and B, divided by the number of regular articles and reviews published in years A and B.

As such, this is a relatively short-term measure of journal influence. In a field such as sociology, 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 sociology.

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