Top ten journals in neuroscience and behaviour

Data provided by Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators database, 1 January 1998 – 31 December 2008

April 23, 2009

 Journal Papers CitationsCitations per paper
1 Science793 112,215 141.51
2 Nature850 114,500 134.71
3 Nature Reviews Neuroscience642 56,150 87.46
4 Neuron3,306 231,661 70.07
5 Nature Neuroscience2,037 136,363 66.94
6 Trends in Neurosciences944 52,145 55.24
7 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA3,348 182,521 54.52
8 Annals of Neurology2,4 96,975 39.96
9 Brain2,472 96,912 39.20
10 Journal of Neuroscience13,313 495,821 37.24
The data above were extracted from Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators database. This database, currently covering the period January 1998 thorough December 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 neuroscience and behaviour 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 neuroscience and behaviour, 141 journals are listed, meaning 282 journals in this field were surveyed. Of these 141 journals, 29 received 50,000 or more citations during the period. This ranking of the top ten 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). The data for the multidisciplinary journals listed – Science, Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of the USA – take into account only those articles that have been classified by Thomson Reuters as neuroscience and behaviour papers. For more information on Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, see

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