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2008 Journal Citation Reports released

Posted by Megan on July 21, 2009

Journal Citation Report for Political Science

Journal Citation Report for Political Science

The Institute of Scientific Information has recently published its annual Journal Citation Reports for 2008. Among other subjects, rankings for journals published in the fields of Political Science and International Relations are available.

The reports are intended to provide an evaluative ranking of scholarly journals based on citation data.

Based on ISI’s formulas, the Political Science journals with the highest impact factor were:

  1. Political Analysis
  2. European Journal of Political Research
  3. American Journal of Political Science

Unsurprisingly, American Political Science Review was cited most frequently overall.

Another ranking system is Eigenfactor, which aims to be “a measure of the overall value provided by all of the articles published in a given journal in a year.” The most recent Eigenfactor ranking for Political Science was completed in 2006. The top three were:

  1. American Political Science Review
  2. American Journal of Political Science
  3. Foreign Affairs

The accuracy and the utility of these rankings has sparked much debate, but the lists are interesting nonetheless.


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  1. […] is Journal Citation Reports published by the Institute of Scientific Information. [I wrote a post about this last year, transferred here for ease of reading.] Among other subjects, rankings for […]

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