Saturday, June 20, 2009

Journal rankings

The 2008 ISI journal rankings are out. Impact factors for selected journals of interest around here:

APSR: 1.725
Journal of Politics: 1.685
Philosophy & Public Affairs: 1.500
Ethics: 1.053
Journal of Political Philosophy: .902
Political Studies .625
Political Theory .403

Coverage remains bizarrely spotty in the rankings, and many journals covered by ISI's citation indices aren't included. History of Political Thought, European Journal of Political Theory, Review of Politics, Journal of the History of Ideas, and Polity are among the journals not listed in the rankings, while Critical Review, the Indpendent Review, the Nation, Commentary, Dissent, and the New Republic all show up. (Remember, this is supposed to be a list of scholarly journals.)

The APSR is ranked *tenth* in political science by 2008 impact factor. Five-year impact factor and the new Article Influence Score both give the expected result that the APSR is ranked first. Eyeballing the lists, it looks to me as if the 5-year IF, the AIS, and my intuitions all line up in most cases, while the one-year IF has some weird anomalies.


Dan Nexon said...

Where did you find these?

Jacob T. Levy said...

ISI Journal Citation Reports. If this deep link doesn't work, go to, click on "select a database," and then "journal citation reports." Institutional subscription required.

Dan Nexon said...

Ah, I see. GU only gets JCR science. Any chance you could b/c me with PS and IR results?

Jacob T. Levy said...

And violate the intellectual property of ISI? As far as you and the blog-reading public know, I would never do such a thing!

Dan Nexon said...

My apologies. However might I have asked such a thing?