Journals Ranked by Impact: Microbiology

Rank 2007 Impact Factor Impact 2004-08 Impact 1981-2008
1 Clin. Microbiology Rev.
(15.76 )
Microbiol. Mol. Bio. Rev.
Microbiological Reviews
2 Nature Rev. Microbiol.
Nature Rev. Microbiol.
Microbiol. Mol. Bio. Rev.
3 Microbiol. Mol. Bio. Rev.
Clin. Microbiology Rev.
Ann. Rev. Microbiology
4 Ann. Rev. Microbiology
Ann. Rev. Microbiology
Clin. Microbiology Rev.
5 PLoS Pathogens
FEMS Microbiol. Rev.
Adv. Microb. Ecology
6 FEMS Microbiol. Rev.
Curr. Opin. Microbology
Adv. Microb. Physiology
7 Curr. Opin. Microbology
Trends in Microbiology
CRC Cr. Rev. Microbiol.
8 Trends in Microbiology
Adv. Microb. Physiology
FEMS Microbiol. Rev.
9 Clin. Infect. Diseases
Clin. Infect. Diseases
Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol.
10 Molec. Microbiology
Molec. Microbiology
Molec. Microbiology

The above table compares the citation impact of journals in a given field as measured over three different time spans. The left-hand column ranks journals based on their 2007 “impact factor,” as enumerated in the current edition of Journal Citations Report®. The 2007 impact factor is calculated by taking the number of all current citations to source items published in a journal over the previous two years and dividing by the number of articles published in the journal during the same period–in other words, a ratio between citations and recent citable items published. The rankings in the next two columns show impact over longer time spans, based on figures from Journal Performance Indicators. In these columns, total citations to a journal’s published papers are divided by the total number of papers that the journal published, producing a citations-per-paper impact score over a five-year period (middle column) and a 28-year period (right-hand column).

SOURCE: Journal Citations Report and Journal Performance Indicators.


At the time of publication, July 5, 2009, the impact factor year was incorrectly stated in the above text as 2008. It has since been changed to the year 2007.

Source: Sciencewatch

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