Journal ranks 2022 | ConservationBytes.com

As I’ve finished yearly for the final 15 years, I can now current the 2022 conservation / ecology / sustainability journal ranks primarily based on my (printed) journal-ranking methodology.

Though each the Clarivate (Influence Issue, Journal Quotation Indicator, Immediacy Index) and Scopus (CiteScore, Supply-Normalised Influence Per Paper, SCImago Journal Rank) values have been out for a few month or so, the Google (h5-index, h5-median) scores solely got here out yesterday.

This yr’s additionally a bit bizarre from the angle of the Clarivate ranks. First, Influence Components will now not be supplied to a few important digits, however solely to at least one (e.g., 7.2 versus 7.162). That’s not such a giant deal, but it surely does appropriate for relative ranks primarily based on false precision. Nevertheless, the largest adjustments are extra methdological — Influence Components now take on-line articles into consideration (within the denominator), so most journals could have a decrease Influence Issue this yr in comparison with final. In reality, of the 105 journals within the ecology/conservation/multidisciplinary class which have information for each 2021 and 2022, the 2022 Influence Components are a median 15% decrease than the 2021 values.

One other impact in play seems to have been the pandemic. The worst of the pandemic occurred proper in the course of the evaluation interval, and I’m fairly certain that is mirrored each when it comes to the variety of articles printed (down a median of 10%) and whole variety of citations within the evaluation interval (down 7%) per journal.

However utilizing my methodology, these adjustments a considerably irrelevant as a result of I calculate relative ranks, not an absolute rating.

I due to this fact current the new 2022 ranks for: (i) 108 ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary journals, (ii) 28 open-access (i.e., you must pay) journals from the earlier class, (iii) 66 ‘ecology’ journals, (iv) 31 ‘conservation’ journals, (v) 43 ‘sustainability’ journals (with common and energy-focussed journals included), and (vi) 21 ‘marine & freshwater’ journals.

Listed below are the outcomes:

(i) ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary

Right here’s a extra focussed checklist of the top-20 journals from above:

Not a whole lot of change from final yr, however One Earth does make it into the highest 20 in 2022.

From the complete pattern above, right here is the rating for the 28 journals which might be open-access, should you fancy paying a number of hundreds (if not tens of hundreds) of {dollars}/euros/kilos for the privilege:

(ii) ecology journals

Not many adjustments for the ecology journals, however One Earth once more has leap-frogged many competing journals and now locations 8th amongst these 66 ecology journals. Individuals and Nature has additionally entered the highest 20 this yr.

Right here’s a more in-depth take a look at the top-20 from that final checklist:

(iii) conservation journals

Right here is probably the most fascinating checklist for ConservationBytes.com readers:

There are not any actually putting adjustments right here both, however Conservation Biology has moved barely forward of Organic Conservation, and One Earth and Individuals and Nature are additionally doing properly on this class.

(iv) sustainability journals

Within the ‘sustainability’ journals (together with some general-category ones too), not a lot has modified since final yr:

(v) marine and freshwater journals

Not a lot change right here both since final yr:

So, there you’ve got it. Regardless of some reasonably giant adjustments in the way in which Influence Components are calculated and the epidemic-related slowdown, not rather a lot has modified when it comes to relative ranks.

You’ll be able to entry the uncooked information for 2022 and use my RShiny app to derive your individual samples of journal ranks.

See additionally the earlier years’ rankings (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 20172016201520142013, 2012, 20112010, 2009, 2008).

CJA Bradshaw

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