A total of 949 Wiley-Blackwell journals are ranked in the JCR, up from 926 in 2007. 30 Wiley-Blackwell journals (excluding takeovers) were added to JCR 2008 for the first time.
Wiley-Blackwell titles achieved 30 number one rankings within the 227 categories. Amongst our top ranked titles are Birth, Aging Cell, CA – a Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Child Development, Journal of Avian Biology, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.
Looking at the share of the 2008 JCR, Wiley-Blackwell published the most journals in 51 of the 227 subject categories and the most articles in 41 categories. Wiley-Blackwell journals also received the highest total Impact Factors of any publisher in 37 subject categories. Around half of Wiley-Blackwell’s journals are published on behalf of scholarly and professional societies.
"We are delighted with these results and see them as a reflection of the work that we do in partnership with societies to ensure all titles develop to serve a distinct market need and attract the very best authors," said Eric A. Swanson, Senior Vice President, Wiley-Blackwell.
Impact factors are a metric that reflect the frequency that peer-reviewed journals are cited by researchers, making them an important tool for evaluating a journal's quality.
Within the 2008 Journal Citation Report were a number of key changes in the rankings for individual titles.
Highlights in Chemistry and Physical Sciences:
Angewandte Chemie, a journal of the German Chemical Society published under the Wiley-VCH brand, has further increased its Impact Factor to 10.879, strengthening its position as the leading chemistry journal publishing primary research and review articles. Chemistry: An Asian Journal, also from Wiley-VCH, increased its Impact Factor by 80 percent and jumped up 12 ranks. Medicinal Research Reviews is ranked number one in the Medicinal Chemistry category with an Impact Factor of 8.907.
There are three further number one ranked journals in physical sciences, including Mass Spectrometry Reviews for the 10th consecutive year, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis for its 6th year, and Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics. In addition, five new journals have received their first Impact Factor: Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biorefining (straight to rank 6 in Energy and Fuels); Laser and Photonics Reviews (straight to rank 8 in Physic Condensed Matter); physica status solidi; Macromolecular Reaction Engineering; and Contrast Media and Molecular Imaging.
Highlights in Engineering and Technology:
42 out of Wiley-Blackwell’s 49 Engineering journals saw increased Impact Factors, with many proving to be leaders in their subject areas. Six journals increased their Impact Factor by more than 100% and a further 12 saw a rise of over 50%.
International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications is now the top circuit theory journal with an Impact Factor of 2.389 - 17% higher than its leading competitor. Journal of Field Robotics more than doubled its Impact Factor and has moved up to 3rd place in the Robotics category.
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering confirms its place as the number one journal in numerical engineering. Computational Intelligence went up by nine places in the Artificial Intelligence ranking and now sits at 9/94 with an Impact Factor of 3.310. Information Systems Journal has the second highest Impact Factor in its field at 2.375.
Highlights in Medical Sciences:
201 Wiley-Blackwell medical journals received an Impact Factor in 2008 with an average of 3.03 (up 19.2% from 2.54 in 2007) and 35 journals increased their score by 0.5 or more.
The journal CA – A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of The American Cancer Society, was awarded an Impact Factor of 74.575 - the highest Impact Factor among all medical titles. Immunological Reviews has an Impact Factor of 11.761. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews climbed to 5.182, up from 4.654 last year.
In dentistry, Periodontology 2000 is ranked number one for the second year and Journal of Clinical Periodontology has risen to be ranked number two (from five in 2007). Oral Diseases has made a leap in ranking from 17 in 2007 to number 9. Wiley-Blackwell now publishes 5 of the top 10 titles in the field.
Addiction's Impact factor has increased again to 4.244 and remains number 1 in substance abuse in the social science index. Addiction Biology has also increased to 4.953 taking the number 1 spot in substance abuse in the science index. In nursing, four titles are ranked in the top 10 of their category. Birth continues to rank first in nursing and has seen an increase in its Impact Factor to 2.83 from 2.083. Journal of Advanced Nursing has also increased to 1.654 from 1.342.
In veterinary medicine, Veterinary and Comparative Oncology received its first Impact Factor - 0.958 ranking it 52nd out of 134 in Veterinary Sciences.
Highlights in Life Sciences:
Aging Cell increased its Impact Factor from 5.854 to 7.791 and is ranked number one in the Geriatrics and Gerontology category. For the fifth consecutive year Ecology Letters increased its Impact Factor to 9.392 and remains the highest ranking primary research journal in Ecology.
Journal of Quaternary Science increased in Impact Factor to 2.976 and is now ranked 2nd in the Paleontology category. Developmental Dynamics remains the number one journal in Anatomy & Morphology.
The number of fisheries journals in the top 20 increased to 7 out of Wiley-Blackwell's 40 journals in this subject area. Fisheries Oceanography increased its impact factor to 2.812 moving from 4th to 3rd in Fisheries. Fisheries Management and Ecology saw a jump from 24th to 17th increasing its impact factor by almost 50% to 1.404.
Highlights in Social Sciences & Humanities:
Wiley-Blackwell’s consistent leadership in social science is demonstrated through our publishing more titles listed in the social science citation index (SSCI) than any other publisher and achieving greater impact with those articles published (15% of the articles receive 17% of citations).
We published number one ranked journals in nine SSCI categories, including Addiction, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, Child Development, Criminology, Journal of Finance, Journal of Communication, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Perspectives on Sexual & Reproductive Health (top of two categories).
In 19 categories we publish the most journals in the category confirming our exceptional market presence in anthropology, business - finance, demography, economics, family studies, geography, gerontology, health policy & services, history of social sciences, law, management, nursing, planning and development, psychology (developmental, clinical and social), public, environmental & occupational health, public administration and social sciences – mathematical methods.
13 new journals have received their first Impact Factor including new journals, China & the World Economy and Regulation & Governance, and established journals such as Development Policy Review and Journal of Agrarian Change.
51 titles achieved a 50% increase in Impact Factor year on year including the British Journal of Educational Technology, Economic Policy, The Econometrics Journal and Family Relations.
The introduction of the new 5 year Impact Factor has enabled us to demonstrate consistent impact over time, which is arguably more important for social science journals. On this metric, we publish 14 of the number one ranked journals, including Economic History Review, Econometrica, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Milbank Quarterly, Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, and Philosophy & Public Affairs.
Highlights from Asia-Pacific
Eight out of the 30 newly-listed Wiley-Blackwell journals in the 2008 Journal Citation Report are Asia-Pacific titles – including China & World Economy, Pacific Focus and New Zealand Geographer – with The Australian Journal of Agricultural Resource Economics and the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research being one of the top ranked titles in their subject category. 63 Asia-Pacific journals are currently represented in the Journal Citation Report – evidence of Wiley-Blackwell’s continued success in growing its Asia-Pacific publishing program.
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