How Does JGR’s Impact Factor Compare?

The list of 2012 Impact Factors for the usual suspects of space physics peer-reviewed publishing, from their Journal Citation Reports, in alphabetical order and to two significant digits:

  • Annales Geophysicae:  1.5
  • Advances in Space Research: 1.2
  • Astrophysical Journal:  6.7
  • Astrophysical Journal Letters:  6.3
  • Earth Planets and Space:  2.9
  • Geomagnetism and Aeronomy:  0.33
  • Geophysical Journal International: 2.9
  • Geophysical Research Letters:  4.0
  • Icarus:  3.2
  • Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics:  1.4
  • Journal of Geophysical Research:  3.2
  • Physics of Plasmas:  2.4
  • Planetary and Space Science:  2.1
  • Radio Science:  1.0
  • Solar Physics:  3.3
  • Space Weather: 1.4


Those journals that typically publish space physics review articles:

  • Reviews of Geophysics:  14
  • Space Science Reviews:  5.5
  • Surveys in Geophysics:  4.1


Leading multidisciplinary journals of occasional relevance to us:

  • Nature:  39
  • Nature Geoscience:  12
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA): 9.7
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society -A (Math and Physics):  2.4
  • Science:  31


Other specialty journals to which model developers and instrument developers in our field sometimes submit papers:

  • Geoscientific Model Development:  5.0
  • Journal of Computational Physics:  2.1
  • Reviews of Scientific Instruments:  1.6
  • Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets:  0.50


The numbers kind of match my expectations of a journal’s reputation in the field, but not really.  Some Impacts Factors are surprisingly low while others are just as surprisingly high.  I’ll have more analysis of these numbers in later posts.


One thought on “How Does JGR’s Impact Factor Compare?

  1. Pingback: The Moldwin Paper on Citations | Notes from the JGR-Space Physics Editor-in-Chief

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