IChemE’s Sustainable Production and Consumption journal leads successes in Impact Factor rankings

IChemE’s Sustainable Production and Consumption journal leads successes in Impact Factor rankings

5th July 2023

Sustainable Production and Consumption – a journal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) - has seen a significant percentage increase in its Impact Factor, moving into double digits for the first time and attracting the highest Impact Factor ever received for an IChemE journal.

An Impact Factor provides a quantitative measurement of a journal in relation to its competitors. The score is calculated via the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) using the number of citations to a journal in the most recent year, as well as the count of articles and reviews published in the journal in the prior two years.

Sustainable Production and Consumption, published in partnership with Elsevier, received an Impact Factor of 12.1, a 36% increase from its 2022 score of 8.921. The journal moves up the rankings and is now ranked 7 out of 127 journals in the environmental studies category and 6 out of 46 in the green and sustainable science and technology category.

The journal publishes interdisciplinary papers that discuss the production and use of products and services in a manner that is socially beneficial, economically viable and environmentally benign over their whole life cycle.

Other IChemE journals also saw success, with Education for Chemical Engineers seeing a 22% increase from 3.2 to 3.9.

Chemical Engineering Research and Design, Process Safety and Environmental Protection and Education for Chemical Engineers have all moved up the rankings in the rank of chemical engineering titles.

Process Safety and Environmental Protection has also moved up the rankings in the environmental engineering category, and is now ranked 11 out of 55 journals on that list.

Food and Bioproducts Processing has moved up the rankings list in the biotechnology and applied microbiology category.

In other journal news, Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, published in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry, has been granted transformative journal status. This means that over the next few years, the journal will be transitioning to a fully open access journal.

Adisa Azapagic, Founding Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Production and Consumption, said:

“I am delighted that Sustainable Production and Consumption has attracted the highest Impact Factor ever received by an IChemE journal. The goal of the journal is to provide a platform for publishing high-quality papers on research and practice to help identify sustainable solutions for both production and consumption systems.

“This increase is a recognition of the outstanding quality of the papers within the journal which is only possible due to the contribution of the journal authors, reviewers and editors, and I would like to thank each and every one of them."

Jarka Glassey, Editor-in-Chief of Education for Chemical Engineers said:

“It is fabulous to see that Education for Chemical Engineers received such an impressive percentage increase in its Impact Factor. The knowledgeable authors and dedicated editors ensure that this journal continues to cover critical topics in chemical engineering education, and I am most grateful for their support.”

Claudia Flavell-While, IChemE Director Learned Society said:

“I am delighted that Molecular Systems Design and Engineering (MSDE) has been given transformative status, which obliges us to increasing the share of open access content published in this journal. We are seeing increasing interest in open access publishing across our journals and IChemE is very happy to support this growing trend. As a transformative journal, MSDE will be compliant with cOAlitionS requirements, making it easier for authors from the UK, EU and the US – key communities in molecular systems – to publish in this journal. “

The journal editorial teams welcome contributions to all journals. Authors can find more information on our website about the process and types of articles that would be welcomed.

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View IChemE’s journals at www.icheme.org/journals.


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For more information please contact: 

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
e: lcook@icheme.org   

Ann Baylis, Communications Executive & PR Lead, IChemE 

t: +44 (0) 1788 534477

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