MPG Open Access Journal ranks best in its category
The open access physics journal Living Reviews in Relativity, published by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, leads the category Physics, Particles & Fields in the 2010 Journal Citation Reports released by Thomson Reuters on June 29, 2011. The unique review journal received an impact factor of 12.625, thus improving last year’s performance and rising to #95 in JCR’s complete list of almost 8000 indexed journals.
In March 2011, Living Reviews in Relativity has published its 100th review article in the field of relativity and gravitational physics. The journal currently maintains 72 articles on various topics, which are regularly updated by their authors to incorporate the latest developments and research findings.
Living Reviews‘ successful concept was adopted by other publications in other fields ranging from astronomy to political science. To date, five Living Reviews journals are published by partners from the Max Planck Society, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and ECSA, the Leibniz Association, and the ETH and University of Zurich.
The second journal of the family, Living Reviews in Solar Physics, was just included in Thomson Reuters‘ JCR and SCI in April 2011, therefore missing the deadline for the 2010 Journal Citation Reports by only a few days. However, it would have had received an impressive first impact factor of about 11, ranking 4th in the category Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Although controversial, the Journal Impact Factor is one of the most widely used tools for assessing scientific journals. It allows users to evaluate a journal’s performance and its influence on research. The impact factor of a journal is the average number of citations to those papers that were published during the two preceding years.