BioMed Central journals continue to rank highly in SCImago journal rankings

SCImago have recently published their 2008 journal rankings with BioMed Central journals continuing to rank highly within their fields.

The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) is a measure of a journals’ citation impact and is calculated in a similar manner to Google’s Page Rank. This approach calculates a journal rank by weighting citations from journals according to how highly cited the journal is itself. (Full details on the SJR algorithm are available here). The data used for calculation of the SJR is drawn from Scopus.

Highlights for BioMed Central journals among SCImago’s 2008 rankings include:

  • BMC Systems Biology (SJR = 0.373) which tops the Applied Mathematics category, beating 219 journals to the number one spot. The journal is also placed 2nd of 72 journals in the Modelling and Simulation category.
  • Journal of Biology (SJR = 2.42) is in the top 0.5% of all journals listed in SCImago, ranked 74th out of all 17,124 listed journals, placing it in a elite group of top-tier journals.
  • For the second year running Molecular Pain (SJR = 0.520) tops the Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine category, which consists of 88 journals.
  • Neural Development (SJR = 1.405) is another chart topper, leading the 12 journals in the Developmental Neuroscience category.
  • Saline Systems (SJR = 0.100) also features highly in its field, placed 2nd of 100 journals in the Water Science and Technology category.
  • BMC Plant Biology (SJR = 0.670) also continues to perform strikingly well, with an SJR better than 97% of journals in the Plant Science category.

Further details of all Biomed Central’s SCImago listings can be found on the SCImago website and a full introduction to the SCImago journal rankings as well as a comparison with Thomson Reuter’s Journal Citation Report has been previously posted on this blog.

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