24 June 2015

IChemE journals celebrate 2014 impact factor increases

The 2014 impact factors have given the editors of IChemE’s journals much to celebrate. All of IChemE’s journals with impact factors have seen healthy increases in this measurement of a journal’s impact and influence.

The greatest increase was registered by Process Safety and Environmental Protection (PSEP), which saw its impact factor leap from 1.892 to 2.551 – an increase of almost 40%. Food and Bioproducts Processing (FBP) meanwhile recorded a rise in impact factor from 2.285 to 2.474 while Chemical Engineering Research and Design (ChERD) advanced from 2.281 to 2.348.

The new impact factors put all three journals firmly within the top third of the overall ranking of 134 peer-reviewed journals in the field of chemical engineering.

David Edwards and Adisa Azapagic, the joint editors-in-chief of PSEP, said: “The whole editorial board, along with the support staff at IChemE and Elsevier, has worked incredibly hard to make PSEP such a well-respected and recognised journal in its field. It is gratifying to see all this work pay off.”

Eva Sorensen, editor-in-chief of ChERD, noted: “It is great to see that ChERD’s impact factor continues to rise. There appears to be a pattern that the greatest rises in impact factors were achieved by specialist journals.”

“I’m really pleased to see that ChERD is doing very well among the generalist journals, in fact now overtaking some of our key competitors.”

Meanwhile, Ken Morison and Nigel Titchener-Hooker, joint editors in chief of FBP, added: “The continuous improvement is both a testament to the considerable efforts of the peer reviewers and to the quality and relevance of the submissions we receive.”

Impact factors are compiled independently and measure how likely research published in a given journal is to be cited by another researcher. They are announced in June each year.

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