2012 Polymer Science Impact Factors Released

Highlights from this year’s JCR for polymer physics, including journals such as Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Macromolecules, and Polymer Reviews.

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This year’s Thomson Reuters journal citation report was released this afternoon, and we’ve put together a selection of highlights from polymer science.

The Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Chemistry continues its strong representation in the field of organic polymer chemistry and physical organic chemistry. The 2012 Impact Factor of 3.543 reflects the journal’s long history as a forum for the dissemination of high quality fundamental research into the preparation of macromolecules, and keeps them well within the polymer science top 15.

j-polb-polymer-physics-front-coverThe Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics showed a 45% increase in impact factor. The journal’s scope was expanded two years ago to better align with research in the field as it stands today and it now offers one of the fastest peer review and publication processes in polymer science. The strong growth of its impact factor, now at 2.221, is a clear indication that the new scope is resonating with both authors and readers across the polymer community.

The Journal of Applied Polymer Science is the largest peer-reviewed publication in polymers, and #3 for total citations in the polymer science category. The increased impact factor (up to 1.395 from its 2011 value of 1.289), together with an increase of 8.22% in articles downloaded in 2012 compared to 2011 and its longstanding reputation in both industry and academia for all polymer applications, confirms the journal as the top choice for researchers in the field.

The breadth of scope of the journal is showcased by some of the most-downloaded papers in recent months, such as Flexible ITO-free polymer solar cells and Bioplastics from waste glycerol derived from biodiesel industry.

Stefano Tonzani, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Polymer Science, commented, “The impact factor for 2012 measures articles published before the new editorial team took over. However, this increase shows the journal’s strong standing in the community, and it gives us confidence that the new features we introduced (such as applied reviews), a new streamlined peer-review process and faster publication will boost the journal even more in the following years”.

mrc-front-coverMacromolecular Rapid Communications is the highest Impact Factor communications journal in polymer science. Its impact factor increased to 4.929, the highest value in the history of the journal, consolidating its position as a top journal publishing original research in general polymer science.

Some examples of the articles contributing to this increase are:

Single Chain Folding of Synthetic Polymers by Covalent and Non-Covalent Interactions: Current Status and Future Perspectives by Ozcan Altintas and Christopher Barner-Kowollik

Synthesis of Biotinylated Aldehyde Polymers for Biomolecule Conjugation by Steevens N. S. Alconcel, Sung Hye Kim, Lei Tao and Heather D. Maynard

Plasma Processes and Polymers underlined its great development as the leading journal in the field of plasma science and applications with its new Impact Factor of 3.73. This outstanding IF growth was achieved due to highly cited articles such as Effects of pH on Bacterial Inactivation in Aqueous Solutions due to Low-Temperature Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Application by Satoshi Ikawa and co-workers.

This excellent results puts the journal back to the top of all journals dedicated to the interaction of plasma with materials and its practical applications.

Macromolecules came out top of the total cites listing in polymer science, while Progress in Polymer Science had the top impact factor, 26.838.

 Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, celebrating its 70th anniversity this year,  is among the top journals in polymer science publishing original research, combining the longest tradition in the field with the publication of newest results, latest trends, and their critical evaluation. It has a new 2012 Impact Factor of 2.386.

Macromolecular Bioscience is ranked in the top 5 for biomaterials journals and listed among the top 10 polymer journals. It reached an Impact Factor of 3.724, maintaining its ranking in both of these categories.

Macromolecular Materials and Engineering is among the top polymer journals publishing original results. It is the high-quality journal dedicated exclusively to the design, modification, characterization, and processing of advanced polymeric materials, and again recorded a new all-time high Impact Factor of 2.338.

Macromolecular Theory and Simulations is the high-quality polymer science journal dedicated exclusively to theory and simulations, covering all aspects from macromolecular theory to advanced computer simulation techniques. It reached a new 2012 Impact Factor of 1.606.

Macromolecular Reaction Engineering is the only high-quality journal dedicated exclusively to academic and industrial research in the field of polymer reaction engineering, and recorded a new 2012 Impact Factor of 1.638.

Polymer Science Top 6

1. Progress in Polymer Science (26.383)

2. Polymer Reviews (7.794)

3. Macromolecules (5.521)

4. Biomacromolecules (5.371)

5. Polymer Chemistry (5.231)

6. Macromolecular Rapid Communications (4.929)

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