American Geophysical Union Publications Continue to Rank Highly In Thomson Reuters Journal Citations Report

19 July 2012

Joint Release

Washington, D.C.—The American Geophysical Union’s continued commitment to excellence in publishing was clearly demonstrated when its journals received high ranking in the recently released Thomson Reuters 2011 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) — continuing a long-standing tradition. Additionally, the Impact Factor for several AGU journals increased significantly, continuing a five-year trend, and many others remained consistent with the previous year’s ranking.

Paleoceanography is an outstanding performer in both the Paleontology and Oceanography categories. Since 1995, Paleoceanography has been the top-ranked journal in the Paleontology category (of 49 titles in 2011) with an Impact Factor of 3.357. In the Oceanography grouping (59 journals total), Paleoceanography ranks third in Impact Factor. Reviews of Geophysics, with an Impact Factor of 12.364 (an increase of 2.826 from the prior year’s score of 9.538) ranks second in Geochemistry and Geophysics out of a total of 77 journals in this cohort. Water Resources Research (WRR) comes in at third place in the Water Resources group, which has a cohort of 78 titles.

In the Multidisciplinary Geosciences category, which includes 170 journals, AGU again took two of the top ten slots for Impact Factor. Global Biogeochemical Cycles (GBC) remained fifth, with an impact factor of 4.785, andGeophysical Research Letters (GRL) moved up to ninth, with an impact factor of 3.792. Paleoceanography came at thirteenth, with an impact factor of 3.357. In this cohort, AGU holds 3% of the titles, publishes 21% of the articles, and garners 38% of the citations, again consistent with the previous year’s strong statistics.

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