Our impact

2021 highlights

Journal Impact Factors and CiteScores

Publisher impact

Journal citations

Evaluating research

2021 highlights

Following the 2021 release of the Web of Science Group's Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and Scopus' CiteScore, we have 46 journals with a Journal Impact Factor and 57 journals with a CiteScore.

In the latest Journal Citation Reports

  • 46 Frontiers journals have a 2020 Journal Impact Factor.
  • 96% of journals increased their Impact Factor from 2019.
  • 23 journals (50%) are in the top 25% in at least one category, an increase of 9 journals over the previous year.
  • 4 journals are in the top 10% in at least one category, an increase of 3 journals over the previous year.

In the latest CiteScore edition

  • 57 Frontiers journals have a 2020 CiteScore.
  • 73% of journals increased their CiteScore from 2019.
  • 22 journals (39%) are in the top 25% in at least one category, an increase of 5 journals over the previous year

Journal Impact Factors and CiteScores

Journal 2020 Impact Factor 2020 CiteScore
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 5.750 7.4
Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics   2.0
Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences   5.2
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 3.558 4.7
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 5.890 2.8
Frontiers in Built Environment   2.6
Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine 6.050 7.8
Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 6.684 2.7
Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 5.293 6.5
Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 5.505 7.0
Frontiers in Chemistry 5.221 4.1
Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 2.380 4.7
Frontiers in Earth Science 3.498 3.3
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4.171 3.6
Frontiers in Education   1.3
Frontiers in Endocrinology 5.555 5.1
Frontiers in Energy Research 4.008 2.6
Frontiers in Environmental Science 4.581 4.4
Frontiers in Genetics 4.599 3.7
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 3.169 5.1
Frontiers in Immunology 7.561 8.1
Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 2.763 3.6
Frontiers in Marine Science 4.912 5.0
Frontiers in Materials 3.515 2.7
Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering   3.0
Frontiers in Medicine 5.091 4.1
Frontiers in Microbiology 5.640 7.3
Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences 5.246 4.1
Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience 5.639 8.4
Frontiers in Neural Circuits 3.492 5.7
Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 3.856 6.0
Frontiers in Neuroinformatics 4.081 6.2
Frontiers in Neurology 4.003 4.0
Frontiers in Neurorobotics 2.650 5.5
Frontiers in Neuroscience 4.677 5.4
Frontiers in Nutrition 6.576 5.0
Frontiers in Oncology 6.244 3.9
Frontiers in Pediatrics 3.418 3.1
Frontiers in Pharmacology 5.810 6.2
Frontiers in Physics 3.560 3.1
Frontiers in Physiology 4.566 5.6
Frontiers in Plant Science 5.753 8.2
Frontiers in Psychiatry 4.157 3.5
Frontiers in Psychology 2.990 3.5
Frontiers in Public Health 3.709 2.7
Frontiers in Robotics and AI   4.4
Frontiers in Sociology   1.2
Frontiers in Surgery 2.718 2.4
Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems   2.4
Frontiers in Synaptic Neuroscience 4.506 4.5
Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 3.289 4.8
Frontiers in Veterinary Science 3.412 2.6
International Journal of Public Health 3.380 4.2
Pathology and Oncology Research 3.201 4.1
Public Health Reviews   6.8
Spanish Journal of Soil Science   1.1

Impact Factor percentiles

Frontiers journals improved their Journal Impact Factor ranking in 30 out of 39 categories.

 

Publisher impact

Frontiers ranks as the 3rd most-cited publisher among the 20 largest publishers with an average of 4.8 citations per article, an increase from 3.9 citations in the previous year.

 


Frontiers’ articles have been viewed and downloaded more than 1.4 billion times and cited more than 2.2 million times by research and innovation hubs around the world.

 


Frontiers’ articles achieve international visibility with more than 80,000 news mentions and 1.6 million social media mentions.

 

Journal citations

Frontiers journals rank among the most influential in their academic fields based on total citations - including most cited in neurosciences, immunology, microbiology, plant science and psychology.

 

Evaluating research

To benchmark the reach, influence and quality of our journals, we measure and communicate a range of indicators of our journals’ impact, including Impact Factors, CiteScores, overall citation rates, aggregate views and downloads, press pick-ups, and social media mentions.

We fully support the responsible use of journal Impact Factors, other quantitative research metrics, and innovative ways for researcher evaluation, as proposed by the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA, to which we are a signatory), the Leiden Manifesto, the Metric Tide for Responsible Metrics and the European Commission's Expert Group on Altmetrics.