Yesterday the ISI announced the 2011 impact factors. This is the first year Methods in Ecology and Evolution has been given an IF. And our factor is…
It must be admitted that impact factors are a fairly crude measure, and even the ISI advise us to (like felix felicis) use it wisely. If the IF tells us anything, it says we’re about as good as the other BES journals, and those around us in the list. i.e. we’re towards the front of the peloton of ecology journals, chasing the 3 or 4 top journals.
Ecology tends to be slower in citation, so the five-year impact factor might be a better measure of how well we’re doing. But even with this we’re 21st out of 131; that’s even without the extra 3 years of papers to grab citations that the other journals have.
Now we have to work hard to keep this up. So please send us your excellent methodological papers to publish.