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MIT Press Journals achieve historically high impact factors

In a year that saw the launch of pioneering new journals in fields ranging from scientometrics and informetrics to the neurobiology of language, the MIT Press is proud to have achieved some of its best ever Impact Factor results.

Highlights in the data release of the 2018 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Clarivate Analytics include:

  • Overall citations of MIT Press journals are up by 10.5%
  • 82% of MIT Press titles saw an increase in citations
  • Average Impact Factor increased by 10.5%, with 70% of MIT Press titles seeing higher Impact Factors
  • Out of seventeen titles, five have an Impact Factor over 3.000, and eight titles have an Impact Factor greater than 2.000.
  • MIT Press publishes the #2 and #6 journals in International Relations

International Security achieved its best Impact Factor in 20 years: 4.500. Global Environmental Politics rose 5% to 3.397. In its centennial year, the Review of Economics and Statistics garnered over 1,500 (11%) more citations than in 2017 and earned an Impact Factor of 3.636.

MIT Press science and technology journals also performed well with Evolutionary Computation rising 45% to 3.469 and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience achieving 3.029.

“It is gratifying to see data demonstrating the significant impact and continued relevance of our journals,” says Nick Lindsay, Director of Journals and Open Access at the MIT Press. “The strong results announced in this year’s Journal Citation Reports are a tribute to the great work of our authors, editors, reviewers, and publishing team.”

“For fifty-seven years the MIT Press has advanced knowledge by publishing significant works by leading educators and researchers around the globe for the broadest possible access, impact, and audience. In the year ahead, we look forward to not only publishing impactful work, but also to extending the reach and availability of scholarship and helping researchers develop publications run by and for their scholarly communities.”