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Impact Factor 2012

The 2012 Impact Factor has been announced! See the main facts about journals published by Springer below.

Facts & Figures  

  • A total of 1,539 Springer journals are listed in the 2012 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® (JCR).
  • 47 Springer journals were added to the JCR 2012 and have an Impact Factor for the first time.
  • 55% of all Springer journals increased their Impact Factor from 2011 to 2012.
  • 86% of Springer journals were cited more frequently.
  • In 2012, 21 open access journals have received their first Impact Factor. We are proud to say that now 163 of our 397 open access journals are listed by ISI and have an Impact Factor!

The Impact Factor – An Introduction 

The Impact Factor is considered the number 1 ranking value for scientific journals and has become a substantial part of any journal development discussion.
Introduced in the late 1950s by Eugene Garfield and published since the 1960s by the Institute for Scientific Information® he established (now Thomson Reuters), the yearly Impact Factor developments are now reported in the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports®.
Impact Factors are a benchmark of a journal's reputation and reflect how frequently peer-reviewed journals are cited by other researchers in a particular year. The Impact Factor helps to evaluate a journal’s relative importance, especially when compared with others in the same field.

Calculation of the Impact Factor  

The Impact Factor is basically the average number of citations counted in the Impact Factor year Y for articles published in the previous two years. Citable articles are somewhat loosely defined. In general, they include original research articles and review articles. They may also include editorials, if the editorial contains a lengthy reference list. To learn more about the Impact Factor read a free essay here:

All Impact Factor journals by subject 

Click on your subject of choice to get a full list of Springer journals with an Impact Factor. In addition to the Impact Factor each journal homepage offers detailed information, such as instructions for authors, a direct link to online submission and sign-up for the Table of Contents Alert.

Further Information 

For further information about any aspect of publishing in Springer journals, please consult our general Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or contact our Author Helpdesk.