Impact factors for sedimentary geology journals
This post is from April 2009 — please be aware that impact factor ratings change over time.
A colleague of mine put together some impact factor information about peer-reviewed journals that sedimentary geologists might submit to.
Note: I don’t really have any profound message with this post — I’m not trying to say anything — I didn’t study exactly how the impact factors are calculated — I don’t have any comment on impact factors in general — I’m sure I left out some journals (especially ones that carbonate sed geologists might be into) — blah blah blah, and so on and so forth. I simply thought it was interesting information and wanted to share it on my informal blog.
This first list below ranks a bunch of journals by impact factor from 2007 (the most recent year I could find a comprehensive list). I included Nature and Science because (1) it’s interesting to see just how high they are rated and (2) sedimentary geology research does make it in there from time to time.
- Nature — 28.751
- Science — 26.372
- Earth-Science Reviews — 4.310
- EPSL (Earth & Planetary Science Letters) — 3.873
- Geology — 3.754
- GSA Bulletin — 3.354
- Journal of Geology — 2.607
- Marine & Petroleum Geology — 2.346
- Basin Research — 2.310
- Geological Society of London — 2.304
- Terra Nova — 2.065
- Marine Geology — 1.975
- Journal of Sedimentary Research — 1.890
- Sedimentary Geology — 1.757
- AAPG Bulletin — 1.273
- Geo-Marine Letters — 0.811
When I saw this list I was actually quite surprised that Marine & Petroleum Geology was so high. It’s a good journal and I like it, but I didn’t realize it was doing that well. Maybe I need to get something in there. I’m happy to see Basin Research so high — but maybe that has something to do with just getting a paper accepted (pending revisions) — w00t!! And I’ve forgotten about Terra Nova — there is some intriguing stuff in there from time to time, I need to stay on top of that.
Okay, so that was ranking from 2007 … the next list below is the same journals, but by their 5-year average:
- Science — 30.361
- Nature — 30.616
- Earth-Science Reviews — 6.146
- EPSL — 4.445
- Geology — 4.161
- GSA Bulletin — 3.579
- Geological Society of London — 2.976
- Journal of Geology — 2.978
- Basin Research — 2.743
- Marine Geology — 2.657
- Terra Nova — 2.574
- Marine & Petroleum Geology — 2.266
- Sedimentology — 2.166
- Journal of Sedimentary Research — 2.075
- Sedimentary Geology — 2.038
- AAPG Bulletin — 1.848
- Geo-Marine Letters — 1.259
A bit of jockeying of positions, but pretty similar overall.
For those of you who might be preparing your thesis/dissertation work for publication, it’s worth it to think about where you might submit it early on. Even if you’re not very close to submission, check out the home pages for the journals and the author guidelines. Some journals want more interdisciplinary studies, some like fairly short manuscripts, some prefer longer, more detailed works, and so on.
If you want to check out where other geoscience journals fit or make your own customized list, you need to use Journal Citation Reports. It requires a subscription (which is why an academic colleague of mine looked these up … I don’t have access).