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Journal Ranks 2018

Posted on the 23 July 2019 by Bradshaw @conservbytes

Journal ranks 2018

As has become my custom (11 years and running), and based on the journal-ranking method we published several years ago, here are the new 2018 ranks for (i) 90 ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary journals, and a subset of (ii) 56 ‘ecology’ journals, and (iii) 26 ‘conservation’ journals. I’ve also included two other categories — (iv) 40 ‘sustainability’ journals (with general and energy-focussed journals included), and 19 ‘marine & freshwater’ journals for the watery types.

See also the previous years’ rankings (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008).

(i) ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary

Journal ranks 2018

Here’s a more focussed list of the top-20 journals from above:Journal ranks 2018

Not much is different for the top-ranked journals, but note how Science Advances has crept up to take the 5th spot since last year’s rankings, and the appearance of Nature Ecology and Evolution and Nature Human Behaviour now in the top 20. PLoS Biology also continues its descent, and Conservation Letters now appears in the top 20.

(ii) ecology journals

Journal ranks 2018

For the leaders, things are similar to last year: Nature Ecology and Evolution has taken out the sixth spot in its first showing.

Here’s a closer look at the top-20 from that last list:

Journal ranks 2018

(iii) conservation journals

Here is probably the most interesting list for CB.com readers:Journal ranks 2018

This hasn’t changed much from last year, except that Nature Ecology and Evolution and Nature Human Behaviour now occupy the second and third positions, respectively. Ambio continues to perform well.

(iv) sustainability journals

In the ‘sustainability’ journals (including some general-category ones too), Science Advances has made a notable jump upwards:Journal ranks 2018

(v) marine and freshwater journals

Not much change here either since last year:Journal ranks 2018

CJA Bradshaw


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