2014 impact factors in polymer science

by | Jul 29, 2014

The numbers from this year's journal citation report for polymer science.

Once again the Journal of Applied Polymer Science is ranked 3rd for total number of citations in the polymer science category,reinforcing its prominence in the field.  The increase in impact factor for the fifth year in succession – up 17.6% from the 2012 value – along with an increase in articles downloaded, reflects its vital importance for researchers in the field.

Under the present editorial team the subject range covered by the journal has significantly expanded, as demonstrated by some of the current most accessed articles, Graphene and graphene oxide and their uses in barrier polymers, Polymer-coated nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery, and Surface modifying oligomers used to functionalize polymeric surfaces: Consideration of blood contact applications, making it an ever more valuable resource.

Looking forward, many new papers published since the team took the helm will begin to be measured and should mean these positive trends will continue.


After the substantial increase of last yearMacromolecular Rapid Communications this year reached a strong impact factor of 4.608 consolidating its position as a top journal publishing original research in general polymer science. Some recent highlights can now be accessed for free, including

Robert J. Ono, Alexander D. Todd, Zhongjian Hu, David A. Vanden Bout, Christopher W. Bielawski, Synthesis of a Donor–Acceptor Diblock Copolymer via Two Mechanistically Distinct, Sequential Polymerizations Using a Single Catalyst

Sheeren Tan, Katharina Ladewig, Qiang Fu, Anton Blencowe, Greg G. Qiao, Cyclodextrin-Based Supramolecular Assemblies and Hydrogels: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives


Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics combines the longest tradition in the field with the publication of the newest results and latest trends, and their critical evaluation. This year, the journal has received a slightly increased impact factor of 2.451. Some recent highlights include:

Advanced Functional Polymers for Increasing the Stability of Organic Photovoltaics by Mikkel Jørgensen and co-workers

Self-Assembly of Globular-Protein-Containing Block Copolymers by Bradley D. Olsen


Macromolecular Bioscience – the leading journal at the intersection of polymer and materials science with life sciences and medicine – again reached an excellent Impact Factor of 3.65, thanks to articles such as:

Polymer Micro- and Nanocapsules as Biological Carriers with Multifunctional Propertiesby Anna Musyanovych and Katharina Landfester

More Than Meets the Eye in Bacterial Cellulose: Biosynthesis, Bioprocessing, and Applications in Advanced Fiber Composites by Koon-Yang Lee, Gizem Buldum, Athanasios Mantalaris, Alexander Bismarck


Macromolecular Materials and Engineering remains the leading journal focusing on the design and processing of advanced polymeric materials. Last year’s all-time-high Impact Factor has increased to a new high of 2.781, a further 18.9% increase, with highly cited articles such as the following contributing to its success:

Progress Report on Natural Fiber Reinforced Compositesby Omar Faruk and co-workers

Manufacturing of Large-Scale Functional Objects Using Biodegradable Chitosan Bioplasticby Donald E. Ingber and co-workers 


Macromolecular Theory and Simulations – the high-quality polymer science journal dedicated exclusively to theory and simulations – received an enhanced Impact Factor of 1.793. Highlights from the journal last year include:

Modeling Multiradicals in Crosslinking MMA/EGDMA Bulk Copolymerization by Giuseppe Storti and co-workers

Experimental Method to Discriminate RAFT Models between Intermediate Termination and Slow Fragmentation via Comparison of Rates of Miniemulsion and Bulk Polymerizationby Kiyoshi Suzuki and co-workers


Macromolecular Reaction Engineering – the established high-quality journal dedicated to academic and industrial research in the field of polymer reaction engineering – had an excellent year, reaching an Impact Factor of 1.543.

Applying the Principles of Green Chemistry to Polymer Production Technologyby Marc A. Dubé and co-workers

In Situ Incorporation of Recycled Polystyrene in Styrene Suspension Polymerizations by José Carlos Pinto and co-workers