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Cell Press journals see Impact Factor gains in 2022

June 28, 2022

The 2022 journal Impact Factors reflect growing usage and citations across new and established Cell Press titles.

2022 Impact Factors for Cell Press journals

Cell Press continues to publish articles of the highest relevance and impact, according to the latest CiteScore metrics from Scopus and Journal Citation Reports from Clarivate Analytics. The new journal Impact Factors (Journal Citation Reports, 2021), announced on June 28, 2022, reflect growing usage and citations across new and established Cell Press titles, both in open access and hybrid publishing.

2022 Impact Factor highlights include:

  • Cell received its highest Impact Factor ever, 66.850, a growth of 61% from the previous year’s 41.584. The increase is partially attributed to the number of highly cited COVID-19 papers published during the pandemic.
  • Other life science journals with notable Impact Factors included:
    • Cell Host & Microbe, whose Impact Factor grew by 49%, from 21.023 to 31.316.
    • Immunity, whose Impact Factor grew by 37%, from 31.745 to 43.474.
    • Cancer Cell, whose Impact Factor grew by 22%, from 31.743 to 38.585.
  • Other physical science journals with notable Impact Factors included:
    • Matter, whose Impact Factor grew by 28%, 15.589 to 19.967.
    • Chem, whose Impact Factor grew by 13%, from 22.804 to 25.832.
    • Joule, whose Impact Factor grew by 12%, from 41.248 to 46.048.
  • Heliyon, Cell Press’ all-science, open access journal that publishes any paper reporting scientifically accurate research, received its first Impact Factor, 3.776.
  • Other journals to receive their first Impact Factor included:
  • Of the Trends review journals, 14 saw Impact Factor gains in 2022. Notably, Trends in Cancer’s Impact Factor grew 35% from 14.226 to 19.161. Other highlights included:

“The Impact Factor is one of many metrics that reflect the strong standing of Cell Press journals, and we thank our authors, reviewers, editorial boards, staff, and partners for their outstanding work over the past year,” says Anne Kitson, Managing Director of Cell Press and the Lancet. “As Cell Press grows as an all-science and open access publisher, we will continue our commitment to publishing inspiring science that is seen, used, and shared by researchers and the global community.”

Heliyon’s first Impact Factor

In January 2019, the all-science, open access journal Heliyon moved over from Elsevier to become part of the Cell Press family, complementing the portfolio by offering a natural home for all scientifically accurate and valuable positive or negative results, interesting advances, preliminary findings, or case reports.

“I was super excited that Cell Press decided to integrate Heliyon, as it showed an open-minded view on what are valuable results for both the scientific community and the public,” says Lead Editor Christian Schulz. “Our main objectives include serving our authors better, supporting them with different publication types, and helping them along their publication journey in a professional and efficient way.”

The journal’s first Impact Factor, 3.776, reflects the community’s trust in Heliyon and its mission. For authors, Heliyon’s competitive ranking in its category will also help them get more recognition for their work and make a bigger difference in their scientific career. Going forward, the journal will continue to grow as a resource and home for research and reviews from all fields and geographies.

“We will not judge our authors’ manuscripts on the perceived impact but will support them in their publication journey if they have performed their studies technically well and adhered to the respective ethical standards,” says Schulz. “We believe that only in this way can the scientific community be more productive as we help to avoid futile cycles wherein research is repeated because the results are not shared.”

Open access journals trend upward

Cell Press established the Cell Reports Portfolio (made up of Cell Reports, Cell Reports Physical Science, Cell Reports Medicine, and Cell Reports Methods) as part of its commitment to serving the open access needs of the scientific community. Over half of Cell Press authors choose to make their work immediately accessible upon publication, and this demand is being reflected in more citations and Impact Factor gains, a sign that open access is becoming increasingly equated with high-quality and reach.

"Our Impact Factor has been increasing for a few years,” says Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief of Cell Reports, which publishes around 1,300 papers a year and saw an Impact Factor growth of 5%, from 9.423 to 9.995 in 2022. “Congratulations to Cell Reports authors, who consistently publish work that their colleagues read and cite. We are honored to be a part of it,” he says.

Other open access journals are following a similar trend. iScience, Cell Press’s interdisciplinary, open access title, grew its Impact Factor 12%, from 5.458 to 6.107 this year. And Cell Reports Physical Science and Cell Reports Medicine, the two most recent additions to the Cell Reports Portfolio, received higher-than-expected inaugural Impact Factors of 7.832 and 16.988, respectively.

“We’re very happy that our papers are reaching their intended communities and we look forward to an Impact Factor that will increase our visibility, broaden and strengthen our connections, and hopefully lead to more exciting science published in Cell Reports Medicine in the years ahead,” says Editor-in-Chief Sara Hamilton.

One Earth’s strong showing

One Earth, Cell Press’s first sustainability journal, started 2022 by winning the PROSE category award for environmental science. Now, its debut Impact Factor of 14.944 establishes it as a popular home for significant original research that seeks to understand and address today’s environmental grand challenges.

“These are very bright beginnings for One Earth, and we are just getting started,” says Editor-in-Chief Lewis Collins. “It is fantastic to see that the content we are publishing is also attracting wide academic attention.”

Highlights for the journal include over 3 million articles downloads in the past two years, collaborations with National Geographic around Mt. Everest, and measuring tropical rainforest vulnerability, as well as regular media coverage in top outlets. Popular papers have focused on the impact of climate change on sleep, climate change denial, and the decline of coral reefs.

“We launched the journal to provide a home for societally impactful research and perspectives that advance our understanding of and ability to address global sustainability challenges,” Collins says. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the community.”

DOI: 10.1016/d848fec5-6270-426b-9bc3-647176db93b3

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