Education journal awarded first Impact Factor

Education journal awarded first Impact Factor

27th July 2021

Education for Chemical Engineers (ECE) – a journal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) - has been awarded its first ever Impact Factor.

An Impact Factor provides a quantitative measurement of a journal in relation to its competitors. The score is calculated by 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.

ECE, published in partnership with Elsevier, received an Impact Factor of 2.33 and has been included in both the education and scientific disciplines category, and the engineering and chemical category in the sciences citation index expanded (SCIE). The journal’s important contribution within the education field is reinforced with its quartile 2 (Q2) ranking debut in the education category.

The journal publishes papers from around the world that discuss ongoing changes and developments in chemical engineering education, enabling a global network of chemical engineers with educational expertise to exchange ideas and knowledge.

All other IChemE journals saw a rise in their Impact Factors from their 2020 scores, including Sustainable Production and Consumption (SPC), which received its second Impact Factor. It saw a huge rise of 37%, from 3.66 to 5.032.

Meanwhile, Process Safety and Environmental Protection (PSEP) increased by 24% to 6.158 - up from 4.966. Food and Bioproducts Processing (FBP) received an Impact Factor of 4.481, a 20% increase from 3.726. Chemical Engineering Research and Design (ChERD) jumped 12%, from 3.35 to 3.739.

Molecular Systems Design and Engineering (MSDE), co-published with the Royal Society of Chemistry, saw the largest rise of 49% from 3.323 to 4.935.

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

“I am delighted that Education for Chemical Engineers achieved an excellent first Impact Factor of 2.33. This not only places the journal firmly in Q2 of education journals as a whole, but also in the top three of engineering education journals. In the current highly competitive climate of academic publishing this is a recognition of the high quality of papers in Education for Chemical Engineers that contribute to developing good practice in the education of chemical engineers.

“I would like to thank all the journal authors, reviewers and editors who have made this possible. With such support we will see the journal grow in the future and continue to play a leading role in improving the education of future generations of chemical engineers so that they can better address the grand societal challenges we are facing.”

Catherine Cliffe, Managing Editor of IChemE’s journals, added:

“It is very pleasing to see the increase in Impact Factors for all IChemE journals. The dedication and hard work of all of our editors ensures the IChemE journals are positioned as leading journals in their respective fields.”

The Editorial Team welcomes contributions to ECE online. Authors can find more information online about the article types, including the new ‘Tools for Sharing’ article type, which publishes critiques alongside the published articles to encourage debate and knowledge exchange.

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For more information please contact:

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435

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