Monday, April 24, 2006

Ranking of Mechanics Related Journals (2004)

Based on a survey from Journal Citation Report (JCR),
we listed below the 2004 Journal Impact Factors (IF) for some
mechanics and materials related scientific journals.
Our list and information are not complete. We welcome
readers' input, comments, and information.
We also caution readers that using IF as the sole criterion to rank scientific journals' academic reputation may not be objective nor true to a journal's actual scientific merits.

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1. Nature : 32.182
2. Science : 31.853
3. Solid State Phys. : 16.000
4. Nature Materials : 13.531
5. Nano Letters: 8.449
6. Physical Review Letters: 7.218
7. Advanced Materials: 6.801
8. ANNU REV FLUID MECH :6.694
9. Applied Physics Letters: 4.308
10. ADV APPL MECH : 4.000
11. INT J PLASTICITY: 3.819
12. Acta Materialia: 3.49
13. Physical Review B: 3.49
14. MRS Bulletin: 3.444
15. J MECH PHYS SOLIDS : 3.443
16. Physical Review A: 2.902
17. J RHEOL :2.525
18. Geophysical Research Letters: 2.378
19. Journal of Applied Physics: 2.255
20. J MICROMECH MICROENG : 2.048
21. Geophysical Journal International: 2.014
22. J. Biomechanics: 1.911
23. GRANUL MATTER : 1.897
24. J NON-NEWTON FLUID : 1.862
25. J FLUID MECH : 1.853
26. J NONLINEAR SCI : 1.850
27. ARCH RATION MECH AN : 1.769
28. PHYS FLUIDS : 1.761
29. Journal of Crystal Growth: 1.707
30. RHEOL ACTA : 1.558
31. MECH MATER : 1.512
32. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Eng. 1.501
33. J. Acoust. Soc. AM: 1.482
34. INT APPL MECH+ : 1.427
35. INT J MULTIPHAS FLOW : 1.383
36. INT J SOLIDS STRUCT: 1.378
37. PHILOS MAG B : 1.343
38. Proc. Royal Soc. London, A: 1.325
39. ENG FRACT MECH : 1.299
40. J. Biomech. Eng-T ASME: 1.290
41. COMPUT METHOD APPL M : 1.263
42. INT J HEAT MASS TRAN : 1.220
43. Archiv. Comput. Meth. Eng. :1.182
44. PHILOS MAG : 1.167
45. COMPUT FLUIDS : 1.164
46. Geophysics: 1.087
47. Int. J. Eng. Sci. :1.065
48. J TURBUL : 1.062
49. J APPL MECH-T ASME : 1.012
50. INT J NONLINEAR MECH : 1.004
51. INT J HEAT FLUID FL : 0.988
52. THEOR COMP FLUID DYN : 0.957
53. EXP MECH : 0.954
54. INT J FRACTURE : 0.950
55. J ADHES SCI TECHNOL : 0.937
56. EUR J MECH B-FLUID : 0.930
57. MECH TIME-DEPEND MAT : 0.926
58. INT J MECH SCI : 0.906
59. WAVE MOTION : 0.902
60. Int. J. Fatigue: 0.874
61. EUR J MECH A-SOLID : 0.862
62. Quarterly Applied Math.:0.852
63. EXP FLUIDS : 0.851
64. INT J THERMOPHYS :0.846
65. CONTINUUM MECH THERM : 0.838
66. GEOPHYS ASTRO FLUID : 0.829
67. J SOUND VIB : 0.828
68. J Eng. Mater-T ASME: 0.819
69. THEOR APPL FRACT MEC : 0.806
70. STRUCT MULTIDISCIP O : 0.803
71. ENERG CONVERS MANAGE : 0.794
72. NONLINEAR DYNAM : 0.774
73. COMPUT MECH : 0.764
74. INT J NUMER ANAL MET : 0.758
75. J ENG Mech-ASCE: 0.743
76. KOREA-AUST RHEOL J : 0.727
77. ACTA MECH SINICA : 0.719
78. J COMPOS CONSTR : 0.712
79. OPEN SYST INF DYN : 0.702
80. Q J MECH APPL MATH : 0.701
81. J VIB ACOUST : 0.694
82. J THERM STRESSES : 0.692
83. Fatigue & Frac. Eng. Mater. Stru.: 0.673
84. FINITE ELEM ANAL DES : 0.620
85. FLUID DYN RES : 0.620
86. J NON-EQUIL THERMODY : 0.619
87. APPL MATH MODEL : 0.617
88. MULTIBODY SYST DYN : 0.610
89. MATH MECH SOLIDS : 0.609
90. NUMER HEAT TR B-FUND : 0.598
91. APPL THERM ENG: 0.596
92. J FLUID STRUCT : 0.590
93. INT J IMPACT ENG: 0.588
94. PROBABILIST ENG MECH : 0.554
95. ACTA MECH : 0.546
96. Zeitsch. fur angew. Math. und Phy. (ZAMP):0.546
97. J STRAIN ANAL ENG : 0.545
98. NUMER HEAT TR A-APPL: 0.524
99. MECH RES COMMUN : 0.522
100. ARCH APPL MECH : 0.514
101. INT J DAMAGE MECH : 0.514
102. J VIB CONTROL : 0.508
103. J ADHESION : 0.505
104. J WIND ENG IND AEROD : 0.500
105. MECH STRUCT MACH : 0.500
106. INT J COMPUT FLUID D : 0.485
107. INT J NONLINEAR SCI : 0.483
108. INT J NUMER METH FL : 0.476
109. Comm. in Num. Meth. in Eng.:0.476
110. INT COMMUN HEAT MASS: 0.441
111. J. of Applied Biomechanics: 0.438
112. J ELASTICITY : 0.433
113. Z. Angew Math Mech (ZAMM): 0.433
114. Quarterly Journal of Mathematics 0.408
115. Journal of Ship Research 0.388
116. Meccanica: 0.371
117. Int. J. of Num. Meth. for Heat & Fluid Flow 0.358
118. Int. J. of Appl. Electromagne. Mech. 0.348
119. Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica 0.341
120. Mech. Compos. Mater.: 0.331
121. Shock Waves: 0.312
122. Engineering Computation 0.295
123. CR Mecanique: 2.93
124. Dokl. Phys. : 0.291
125. Appl. Math. Mech-Engl
126. JSME Int. J. A-Solid Mech. Mater. Engin. 0.205
127. Engineering Failure Analysis 0.202
128. PMM-J. Appl. Math. Mech. : 0.200
129. JSME Int. J. --B -Fluids and Therm. Engin. 0.141
130. Sound Vib. : 0.137

3 Comments:

At 4/27/2006 7:34 AM, Blogger Andrew Norris said...

Shaofan,

Interesting list, as was the accompanying "Most Cited Papers" (MCP) list. Lists are generally of some use in trying to get a handle on things. The "Mechanics Related Journals" (MRJ) list - with 120 entries - shows how large is the number of journals we must contend with! But even this long list could be extended - I'm sure most people could name a few additional titles.

For instance, several of the journal titles in the MCP list do not appear in the MRJ list. Of the 15 most cited papers, 6 were in 5 journals that do not appear in the MRJ list: these are

(1,13) PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SERIES A-MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES (now PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES)

(4) JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF METALS (now ???)

(6) JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

(9) SOLID STATE PHYSICS-ADVANCES IN RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS

(15) JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME

I have tried to exclude those which have changed names, e.g. (12) ACTA METALLURGICA is now Acta Materialia, which is in MRJ. The only one I am unsure of is (4) JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF METALS, the name no longer exists (it was 1938 after all), and it has most likely morphed into something current. The other four titles exist, and I was able to find their Impact Factors:

P ROY SOC A-MATH PHY 1.325
J ACOUST SOC AM 1.482
SOLID STATE PHYS 16.000
J ENG MATER-T ASME 0.819



Incidentally, The Number That's Devouring Science
http://chronicle.com/free/v52/i08/08a01201.htm
is an interesting article on the use or misuse of the Impact Factor. Its subtitle is "The impact factor, once a simple way to rank scientific journals, has become an unyielding yardstick for hiring, tenure, and grants". It describes the origins of the IF in the late 1950s, how its inventor, Eugene Garfield formed a company which was later bought out by Thomson. Mr. Garfield recently said: "We never predicted that people would turn this into an evaluation tool for giving out grants and funding".

It describes how journals maximize the IF, e.g. by more review articles, by more self citation and by editorials which cite numerous articles from previous issues. The article names journals that practice these suspect methods for increasing IF, but I'm glad to say none are in the applied mechanics area.

Other quotes from the article:
According to Spanish law, researchers are rewarded for publishing in journals defined by ISI as prestigious, which in practice has meant in the upper third of the impact-factor listings. In China, scientists get cash bonuses for publishing in high-impact journals, and graduate students in physics at some universities must place at least two articles in journals with a combined impact factor of 4 to get their Ph.D.'s, says Martin Blume, editor in chief of the American Physical Society, who recently met with scientists in China. ... Academe used to be a "publish or perish" world, but now the halls of science have turned into a "publish in a high-impact journal or perish" environment.

 
At 4/27/2006 9:44 AM, Blogger Shaofan Li said...

Andrew,

I shall update my list based on your suggestions.

Thanks a lot !

Shaofan

 
At 4/29/2006 5:28 AM, Blogger Pradeep Sharma said...

Andrew,

Your comments regarding the misuse of impact factor are interesting. Unfortunately, apart from institutions, it appears that even individual researchers often use it as a yard stick to assess the quality of research or of that an individual.

If this impact factor list did not exist and each of us were asked to rank the mechanics journals based simply on ours and community perceptions (--quality instead of citations), I suspect that many of us would emerge with an altered ranking.

The "Royal Society" is a good example. The impact factor is not very high but my personal opinion of it is higher than of a few others with better impact factors.

 

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