Frontiers journals lead in citations & rank in the top Impact Factor and CiteScore percentiles
Frontiers journals rank among the world’s most-cited in their fields — including top most-cited in neurosciences, microbiology, plant science and psychology. In total, Frontiers articles have received more than 700,000 citations to date.
Our journals also have some of the highest citation rates. Among the world’s 20 largest publishers in 2017, Frontiers ranks 4th most-cited with an average of 3.65 citations per article.
Moreover, within each academic category our journals rank in the top Impact Factor and CiteScore percentiles.
Furthermore, Frontiers articles are highly visible at a global scale. To date, Frontiers articles have been viewed and downloaded more than 420 million times from research and innovation hubs around the world and mentioned 620,000 times in the news and social media.
All of this is only possible with a stellar editorial board of 80,000 researchers, our diligent and committed Associate and Review Editors, the dedicated Frontiers Journal Development Teams — and the amazing research of the 300,000 authors who have published in our journals, most of whom come from the world’s top 300 universities.
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The world’s most-cited journals
Frontiers journals rank among the world’s most influential in terms of citations, as reported in the 2017 Journal Citation Reports (JCR; 2018, Clarivate Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters) and 2017 CiteScore edition (2018, Scopus, Elsevier).
- The Frontiers in Neuroscience journal series is the most-cited in Neurosciences
- Frontiers in Microbiology is the world’s most-cited Microbiology journal
- Frontiers in Plant Science is the world’s most-cited Plant Sciences journal
- Frontiers in Psychology is the world’s most-cited Multidisciplinary Psychology journal
- Frontiers in Human Neuroscience is the world’s most-cited Psychology journal
Top citation rates
Articles published in Frontiers journals receive an average of 3.65 citations — the 4th-highest average citation rate among the world’s 20 largest academic journal publishers (Figure 3).
Our journals also rank in the top Impact Factor and CiteScore percentiles in their scientific fields. Of the 26 Frontiers journals indexed with an Impact Factor (JCR-2017, Clarivate Analytics 2018), 21 rank in the top 30% most impactful journals. Overall, our journals rank at the 72nd Impact Factor percentile on average and as high as the 91st percentile.
Similarly, of the 34 Frontiers journals with a 2017 CiteScore (Scopus, 2018), nine rank in the top 10% most impactful journals. Overall, our journals rank at the 84th CiteScore percentile on average and as high as the 95th percentile.
Highly visible at a global scale
The quality and impact of research published in Frontiers journals is further indicated by continued growth in the number of articles published — with 64% from the world’s top 300 institutions.
These articles show broad readership both within and outside academic circles, with hundreds of millions of views and downloads from around the world and wide coverage in the media.
What is journal impact?
Journal impact is traditionally measured via the number of citations received by the articles published within the journal. Journal Impact Factor and CiteScore are two indicators of journal quality while the influence of a journal on a field can be gauged by how much research is built on the papers published in the journal, as measured by the total number of citations.
What are article and author impact?
Frontiers additionally provides a wide array of real-time impact metrics that measure the overall performance and reach of articles and authors in an objective and crowd-sourced way. These include views and downloads, citations, social buzz (news and social media mentions, through altmetrics.com data) and visitor demographics like location, seniority and field of interest.
As opposed to journal metrics, article- and author-level metrics indicate the quality and global impact of individual articles, give credit to individual authors and allow article- and author-level comparisons.
What is the Impact Factor and CiteScore?
The Impact Factor is the average number of citations received in the last year to articles published in a journal for the previous two years. It is measured each year by Clarivate Analytics (formerly known as Thomson Reuters) and reported in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The 2017-JCR analysis is based on citations in 2017 to articles published in 2015 and 2016.
CiteScore is a similar metric covering titles in Elsevier’s Scopus database. The CiteScore number represents the average citations received in a specific year to articles published in the previous three years. The CiteScore 2017 edition is therefore based on citations in 2017 to articles published in 2014, 2015 and 2016. CiteScore was launched in December 2016 and is released once a year.
Journal citation analysis
Both the Journal Citation Reports and CiteScore metrics list citations — and our analysis of these figures shows that Frontiers journals rank among the most influential in their academic fields in terms of total citations.