So how did the “competitors” do in this yearly war? I have selected a few journals that I find interesting personally, and are relevant to the research I am familiar with. This year, I decided to add some information about the open access policies of each journal, as I believe that more and more scientists might make their decision about where to publish based on the public availability of their work. Or maybe I am just hoping that they will! Here we go:
|Journal||Impact Factors 2012||Impact Factors 2011||5-year Impact Factors||Open Access?|
|Cell||31.957||32.403||34.366||After 12 months|
|Molecular Systems Biology||11.340||8.626||12.392||YES|
|PNAS USA||9.737||9.681||10.583||Public Access after 6 months|
|Nucleic Acids Research||8.278||7.417||8.055||YES|
|Metabolic Engineering||6.859||5.614||6.696||No, but supports OA option*|
|Bioinformatics||5.323||5.468||6.911||No, but supports OA option^|
|J of Proteome Research||5.056||5.113||5.223||No, but supports OA option|
|PLoS Comput. Biology||4.867||5.215||5.939||YES|
|FEBS Letters||3.582||3.538||3.478||No, but supports OA option*|
|BMC Systems Biology||2.982||3.148||3.300||YES|
|J Mathematical Biology||2.366||2.963||2.733||No but supports OA option|
|J Theoretical Biology||2.351||2.208||2.496||No, but supports OA option*|
|J Computational Biology||1.564||1.546||1.722||No, but supports OA option|
|IET Systems Biology||1.535||1.349||1.783||No, but supports OA option|
The trend of “big journals getting bigger and small journals getting smaller” continued for another year. And it seems like almost every publishing house nowadays offers at least some open access option, if not having already fully embraced open access publishing.
Information about all journals can be accessed online on the ISI website, but a subscription is required. Accessing the website through a university IP address will usually do the trick.
* Elsevier journals that support Open Access publication of articles in subscription journals.
^ Oxford University Press journals for which authors are given the option of paying a charge to make their paper OA (Oxford Open).
Have I left some interesting journals out of my table? Drop me a line and I will be happy to add any suggestions.