IET Journals go from strength to strength

Thomson Reuters’ leading citation index, the Web of Science, has recognised all IET Research Journals, with 18 titles gaining notable increases in their impact factor scores. 

Every journal in the Web of Science receives an impact factor score in June each year, when Thomson Reuters publishes its Journal Citation Report. The impact factor is a measure of the number of citations within scientific journals. It is used to gauge the relative importance of a scientific journal within its field.

Daniel Smith, Head of Academic Publishing, at the IET said: “This is gratifying news. Not only have we succeeded in increasing the impact factors of all previously included titles across the portfolio, but also our two most recently launched titles have been accepted for inclusion. Despite the continuing rapid expansion of journals publishing, the market is increasingly focused on quality and I think we can confidently say this result is a validation of the excellence of IET Journals’ content.”

The IET Information Security journal recorded the greatest leap, with an impact increase of 227 per cent, while the IET Renewable Power Generation journal became eligible for its first impact factor since its inclusion in the database in 2009.

The Web of Science is the world’s leading citation index, with multidisciplinary content from nearly 12,000 of the top-tier international and regional journals. Of the 2,500 journals submitted for consideration in this database annually, only 10-12 per cent are selected for inclusion. All research journals published by the IET feature in the Web of Science.

The newest title in IET's portfolio, IET Power Electronics (launched too recently to receive an impact factor), also received good news: it has been successful in its application for inclusion in the Web of Science. The journal will receive its first impact factor in 2011.

Here is a full list of the impact factor scores released in June 2010:

Journal

2009 impact factor

2010 impact factor

% increase

IET Circuits, Devices & Systems

0.513

0.548

7%

IET Communications

0.533

0.751

41%

IET Computers & Digital Techniques

0.316

0.629

99%

IET Computer Vision

0.667

0.969

45%

IET Control Theory & Applications

1.363

1.717

25.9%

IET Electric Power Applications

0.967

1.212

25.3%

IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution

0.658

0.856

30.1%

IET Image Processing

0.514

0.758

48%

IET Information Security

0.273

0.892

227%

IET Intelligent Transport Systems

0.316

0.476

50.6%

IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation

0.746

1.077

43%

IET Nanobiotechnology

1.638

2.077

26.8%

IET Optoelectronics

0.490

0.989

101%

IET Power Electronics

-

-

(first impact factor coming in 2011)

IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation

0.715

0.981

37.2%

IET Renewable Power Generation

-

1.255

(first impact factor)

IET Science, Measurement & Technology

0.663

0.706

6.5%

IET Signal Processing

0.762

0.794

4%

IET Software

0.543

0.620

20%

IET Systems Biology

2.008

2.384

19%

Further information:

For more information on each journal and its impact factor visit the IET Digital Library

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