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2-Year Impact Factor: 1.62 (2017)
5-Year Impact Factor: 2.568 (2017)

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Citation Impact: 8.71 (8/20).

SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.840

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Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 1.021

The SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa.

CiteScore 2018: 2.18

  • Investigates the biological, social, and environmental factors that underlie human behavior
  • Focuses primarily on the functional unity in which these factors are continuously and mutually interactive
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Five year impact factor: 2.699 (2018)
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    Authors: Robert King and Caoilfhionn O’Riordan


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