I’m writing at the moment, and wondering where to send stuff. Unfortunately, the search is based on journal title, rather than scientific discipline, but 20 minutes with the search engine provided me with the table below. The stats are based on the h5 index, where “h5-index is the h-index for articles published in the last 5 complete years. It is the largest number h such that h articles published in 2007-2011 have at least h citations each”.
Here is the list of journals where I’ve read climate articles in the last few years. I’m sure I’ve missed a few.
|Journal||h5 index||h5 median|
|Journal of Geophysical Research||73||95|
|Geophysical Research Letters||71||95|
|Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics*||64||82|
|Journal of Climate||61||81|
|Earth and Planetary Science Letters||49||60|
|Global Environmental Change||47||73|
|Phil. Trans. A||44||61|
|Global Biogeochemical Cycles||40||54|
|Environmental Research Letters*||34||52|
|Hydrology and Earth System Sciences*||33||44|
|Wiley Interdisc. Reviews: Clim. Change||14||25|
|Geoscientific Model Development*||11||14|
|Nature Climate Change||8||13|
* indicates an open access journal.
Obviously journals like Nature Climate Change, WIRE: Climate Change, and Geoscientific Model Development suffer from being new. Many of the most highly cited papers in the big journals are from 2007 – the earliest year in the analysis.
There are nice surprises for some of the open access journals – it turns out that the arXiv is a major player, and that Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics beats many of the established journals.