Top 10 chemistry journals and their impact factors for 2012

Every year Thomson Reuters publish a list of impact factors for journals to act as a rating system of how important a journal is; the higher the impact factor the more important the journal.

Many scientists and publishers dislike the impact factor but for the time being there seems little other option for rating journals.

One website, however, that uses a different method to rate journals is SCImago Journal and Country Rank. Here is a comparison between their choice of the top 10 chemistry journals and Thomson Reuters impact factors.

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Graph produced using data wrapper.de (click on it to enlarge)

As you can see there is some discrepancy between the each organisations ratings, but Thomson Reuters does say that you should not rely alone on impact factor to determine how useful a journal is.

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