2012 Materials Science Impact Factors Announced

by | Jun 19, 2013

Highlights from the 2012 Thomson Reuters impact factors, from journals including Advanced Energy Materials, Nature Materials, and Small.

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Thomson ISI have just released the results of the journal impact factor analysis for 2012 – here are some highlights from the materials science category.

advanced-energy-materials-coverAdvanced Energy Materials received its first Impact Factor, leaping to 10.043 from a standing start and asserting the Advanced journal family’s traction with the scientific community. This Impact Factor confirms in numbers what was already clear from the content: that AEnM has joined Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials and Small as a top-quality journal, exemplified by the most cited articles to date:

Interdiffusion of PCBM and P3HT Reveals Miscibility in a Photovoltaically Active Blend, by Michael F. Toney, Edward J. Kramer, Craig J. Hawker, Michael Chabinyc and co-workers. (over 130 citations)

Metal-Air Batteries with High Energy Density: Li-Air versus Zn-Air, by Kyu Tae Lee, Jaephil Cho and co-workers. (over 80 citations)

Advanced Materials topped its previous spectacular performance with a new Impact Factor of 14.829, a 6.86% increase over 2011 (13.877) following on from surges of 28% and 30% in the preceding two years. One key to the success of Advanced Materials is its pronounced interdisciplinarity, manifested in its rare listing in six different topic categories by ISI. Advanced Materials brings together outstanding results from materials science, chemistry, physics, biosciences, engineering, and, increasingly, medical research and electronics as witnessed by the most cited articles contributing to the 2012 IF:

For the Bright Future-Bulk Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells with Power Conversion Efficiency of 7.4%, by Gang Li, Luping Yu and co-workers. (nearly 850 citations)

Graphene and Graphene Oxide: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications, by Rodney S. Ruoff and co-workers. (over 630 citations)

Advanced Functional Materials reinforces its standing as a leading full-paper general materials science journal with its 2012 IF of 9.765. This strong position was maintained due to highly cited articles like Interface Engineering for Organic Electronics by Alex K.-Y. Jen co-workers and Effects of Thermal Annealing Upon the Morphology of Polymer-Fullerene Blends by Michael F. Tobey, Zhenan Bao co-workers.

Advanced Functional Materials continues to be a top choice of the materials science community, always known for its quality as a leading full paper journal. I’m pleased with this result and thank the authors, reviewers, and readers who contribute to the journal,” said Jörn Ritterbusch, Editor-in-Chief.

Other journals which performed strongly include Nature Materials, with a 2012 impact factor of 35.749 and Progress in Materials Science at 23.194.

With an Impact Factor of 7.823, Small continues to be the premier journal for research at the nano- and microscale.

Launched in early 2012, Advanced Healthcare Materials has only been listed in the Science Citation Index for four months. Despite not being included in the Index until 2013, Advanced Healthcare Materials has already gained an Immediacy Index of 0.712, placing it in the top 3 of the Materials Science – Biomaterials category. In addition to its inclusion in the Web of Science, Advanced Healthcare Materials papers are listed in the MEDLINE database.

The new journal Advanced Optical Material was founded in 2013 and is a daughter journal of Advanced Materials, where it first appeared as a topical section in 2012. The journal’s first impact factor will be announced in 2015. It is already clear that the journal is of an extremely high quality and that it will find its place among the top journals in material sciences and optics. The journal publishes communications and full papers, progess reports and review articles – click here to submit.

advanced-engineering-materialsWith an Impact Factor of 1.608 Advanced Engineering Materials is a premier journal for all the most important breakthroughs in engineering materials and novel materials that are making those important first steps towards commercialization, highlighting them in articles such as Generating Lithographically-Defined Tunable Printed Structural Color by Jeremy Baumberg, co-workers.

In 84 years of publishing Steel Research International has never been more in demand. With an Impact Factor of 0.493 the journal is highly selective and publishes only the most important and far-reaching research in steel and related materials, such as Reduction Kinetics of Metal Oxides by Hydrogen by Kuo-Chih Chou, co-workers.

Top 6 Materials Science Impact Factors

1. Nature Materials (35.749)

2. Nature Nanotechnology (31.170)

3. Progress in Materials Science (23.194)

4. Nano Today (17.689)

5. Annual Review of Materials Research (16.179)

6. Advanced Materials (14.829)