JAWRA’s 2008 Impact Factor has been announced: 1.208. We’re ranked 23rd in the “Water Resources” category and 17th in “Engineering/Environmental.” The 2008 Impact Factor represents average citations in 2008 to papers published in 2006 and 2007.
You can look at this two ways. On one hand, we’re down slightly from last year’s 1.436. On the other hand, it confirms last year’s doubling of Impact Factor was not a fluke. Impact Factor is a volatile statistic, and the difference was only 18 fewer citations.
I like to think the 2008 Impact Factor confirms we’re holding our own at a new and higher level of prestige. JAWRA’s readership increased markedly when we partnered with Wiley-Blackwell in 2007, and Manuscript Central has greatly reduced our review times; both these developments make JAWRA more attractive to top authors.
We have a number of good Featured Collections in the works, which I’ll discuss in later posts. And, we have some popular threads going on some interesting and controversial topics, like Natural Channel Design. The challenge now is not only to hold our own, but to move on to a higher level.