IChemE’s Sustainable Production and Consumption journal jumps up the rankings

IChemE’s Sustainable Production and Consumption journal jumps up the rankings

4th July 2022

Sustainable Production and Consumption (SPC) – a journal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) - has jumped up the rankings in two different categories and seen a large percentage increase in its Impact Factor, with all wholly-owned IChemE journals also seeing an increase.

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.

SPC, published in partnership with Elsevier, received an Impact Factor of 8.921, a 77% increase from its 2021 score of 5.032. The journal is ranked as 10 out of 127 in the environmental studies category, and 12 out of 47 journals 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.

All other wholly-owned IChemE journals that have an Impact Factor also saw a rise from their 2021 scores, including Process Safety and Environmental Protection (PSEP) which saw a rise of 29% from 6.158 to 7.926.

Meanwhile, Food and Bioproducts Processing (FBP) increased by 14% to 5.105 – up from 4.481. Chemical Engineering Research and Design (ChERD) received an Impact Factor of 4.119, a 10% increase from 3.739. Education for Chemical Engineers (ECE) jumped 37% from 2.33 to 3.2.

IChemE’s two newest journals, Digitalisation for Chemical Engineers (DCE) and Carbon Capture, Science and Technology (CCST) will be reviewed for Impact Factors once they are fully established.

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

“I am delighted that Sustainable Production and Consumption has seen such a large increase in the Impact Factor and has jumped up the rankings significantly. Given the highly competitive nature of academic publishing, this is a recognition of the outstanding quality of papers in Sustainable Production and Consumption that contribute to the state-of-the-art research and practice in such an important field.

“This increase would not have been possible without the support of all the journal authors, reviewers and editors and I would like to thank each and every one of them. With such support my hope is that we will continue to see the journal grow in the future and continue to provide a leading platform for publishing high-quality interdisciplinary papers related to sustainability."

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 SPC. Authors can find more information online about the process and types of articles that would be welcomed in the guide for authors.

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


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Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE
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Rachael Whittles, Communications Executive and PR Lead, IChemE
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Claire Shepherd, Communications Executive, IChemE
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e: cshepherd@icheme.org

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