First Impact Factor for sustainable production journal

First Impact Factor for sustainable production journal

16th July 2020

The Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) Sustainable Production and Consumption (SPC) journal has been awarded its first ever Impact Factor.

Impact Factors provide a quantitative measurement of a journal in relation to its competitors. An Impact Factor is based on a ratio of the citations to a journal in the most recent year to a count of articles and reviews published in the journal in the prior two years.

SPC, published in conjunction with Elsevier, received an Impact Factor of 3.66 and notably has been included in both the sciences citation index expanded (SCIE) and the social science citation index (SSCI). It is the first IChemE journal to be listed in the SSCI.

It looks at the interactions between technology, consumption and policy to help identify more-sustainable solutions for both production and consumption systems.

All other IChemE journals saw a rise in their Impactor Factors from 2019 rankings.

Process Safety and Environmental Protection (PSEP) saw the biggest increase with an Impact Factor of 4.966 - 13.3% up from 4.384 last year. PSEP is now ranked in the top 25% of journals in both the Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering lists.

Chemical Engineering Research and Design (ChERD) jumped 9% from 3.073 to 3.35. While Food and Bioproducts Processing (FBP) received an Impact Factor of 3.726, an increase of 12.1% from 3.324 in 2019. FBP has also moved up in the Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology category ranking from 51st to 41st out of 156 titles.

This year was the second Impact Factor for Molecular Systems Design and Engineering (MSDE), co-owned and published with the Royal Society of Chemistry, which saw a rise from 2.708 to 3.323.

Adisa Azapagic, Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Production and Consumption and Process Safety and Environmental Protection, said:

Sustainable Production and Consumption uniquely brings together papers by engineers, and natural and social scientists to advance the theory and practice of sustainable production and consumption. I am delighted this journal has received its first impact factor of 3.66. Together with the CiteScore of 5.1 and fast-growing submissions, this represents an excellent base to take the journal to the next level.

“It is also pleasing to see a yearly trend of rising Impact Factors for all of IChemE’s journals as a result of the increasing quality of published papers as well as the hard work of our editors.”


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For more information please contact:

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

Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484

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