Polymer Science Impact Factors for 2015

by | Jun 18, 2015

Highlights from the 2014 edition of the journal citation report for polymer science.

The impact factor of Macromolecular Rapid Communications this year recorded a strong increase of 6.7% to an all-time high of 4.94 confirming its position as a top journal publishing original research in general polymer science. Some recent highlights can now be accessed for free, including:

Copolymer Networks From Oligo(ε-caprolactone) and n-Butyl Acrylate Enable a Reversible Bidirectional Shape-Memory Effect at Human Body Temperature

Mersa Saatchi, Marc Behl*, Ulrich Nöchel and Andreas Lendlein*

4D Printing with Mechanically Robust, Thermally Actuating Hydrogels

Shannon E. Bakarich, Robert Gorkin, Marc in het Panhuis, and Geoffrey M. Spinks*


Macromolecular Bioscience – the leading journal at the intersection of polymer and materials sciences with life science and medicine – is currently ranked among the top 10 biomaterials and polymer journals and enjoys an excellent impact factor of 3.85.

The following top articles can now be accessed for free:

Reduction Sensitive Amphiphilic Triblock Copolymers Self-Assemble Into Stimuli-Responsive Micelles for Drug Delivery by N. Bruns, W. Meier and co-workers

A Low Protein Binding Cationic Poly(2-oxazoline as Non-Viral Vector by R. Luxenhofer, A. Kabanov and co-workers


With a growth of 6.7% Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics reached the highest impact factor in the history of the journal, 2.61 . Some recent highlights include:

Regioselective Metal-Free Click Polymerization of Azides and Alkynes

Anjun Qin*, Yong Liu and Ben Zhong Tang

A Sunlight-Induced Click Reaction as an Efficient Route to Cyclic Aliphatic Polyesters

Thomas Josse, Julien De Winter, Ozcan Altintas, Philippe Dubois, Christopher Barner-Kowollik*, Pascal Gerbaux and Olivier Coulembier


Macromolecular Reaction Engineering – the established high-quality journal dedicated to academic and industrial research in the field of polymer reaction engineering – reached an increased new Impact Factor of 1.64.

Recently published papers with especially high download numbers include:

Prediction of the Viscoelastic Behavior of Low-Density Polyethylene Produced in High-Pressure Tubular Reactors by C. Kiparissides and co-workers

Perspective: Ionomer Research and Applications by R. A. Weiss and co-workers


Macromolecular Materials and Engineering – dedicated to the design, modification, characterization, and processing of advanced polymer materials – reached a new impact factor of 2.66.

Read now for free:

Hydrophobic Electrospun Polyimide Nanofibers for Self-cleaning Materials by Z. Guo and co-workers

Dispersion and Property Enhancements in Polyolefin/Soy Flour Biocomposites Prepared via Melt Extrusion Followed by Solid-State Shear Pulverization by J. Torkelson and co-workers


Macromolecular Theory and Simulations – the high-quality polymer science journal dedicated exclusively to theory and simulations – received a new Impact Factor of 1.66.

Recently published highlights include:

Sequence-Controlled Multiblock Copolymers via RAFT Polymerization: Modeling and Simulations by Per B. Zetterlund and co-workers

An Implicit Solvent Ionic Strength (ISIS) Method to Model Polyelectrolyte Systems with Dissipative Particle Dynamics by Y. G. Yingling and co-workers


Once more the Journal of Applied Polymer Science is number 3 for total number of citations in the polymer science category, reinforcing its prominence in the field. The rise in impact factor for the sixth year in succession (up almost 8% to 1.76) along with the continuous increase in article downloads, reflects its vital importance for researchers in both academia and industry.

Under the consolidated editorial team the subject range covered by the journal has been further expanded, as demonstrated by some of the current most accessed articles, strengthening the journal’s reputation as an ever more valuable resource:

The organic electrochemical transistor for biological applications by R. Owens and co-workers

Polymer-coated nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery by R. Verduzco and co-workers


The two parts of the Journal of Polymer Science continue to be held in high esteem by the polymer research community, as demonstrated by their 2014 impact factors of 3.11 for Polymer Chemistry and 3.83 for Polymer Physics. The Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Chemistry continues to be the go-to resource for polymer chemists around the world, with cutting-edge synthesis methods and physical organic chemistry analyses. With the Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics’ scope expanded in 2011 to better align with today’s innovative research in the field, the 2014 impact factor is a clear indication that this new scope continues to resonate well with both authors and readers in the community. Now focusing on topics in the physics of polymers as diverse as electronics, energy, optics, and biopolymers through articles, reviews, and special issues, JPSB truly represents the interests of physicists working with polymers today.

Most cited Polymer Physics paper: Roll-to-Roll fabrication of large area functional organic materials

Most cited Polymer Chemistry paper: Donor–acceptor semiconducting polymers for organic solar cells


Other impact factors:

Materials Physics

Materials Science

ACES Journals

ChemPubSoc Europe Journals