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Journal metrics overview

This page provides journal profiles, turnaround times, citation distributions, and journal metrics for the Science family of journals and is updated on an annual basis. AAAS, the publisher of the Science family of journals, is a signatory of DORA and believes that a range of metrics should be used to evaluate journal quality.

Journal profiles

The data below refers to full year 2020 and includes article types “research articles,” “reports,” and “research resources.” It does not include “reviews.” Scroll in table to see additional columns.

Publication
Submissions
Review Rate
Accept Rate
13,445
16.0%
5.6%
17,056
25.0%
11.8%
1,497
11.0%
6.6%
505
24.0%
10.1%
684
31.8%
16.3%
5,177
14.0%
5.7%
  • Submissions – The number of manuscripts submitted by journal, excluding withdrawn and duplicate manuscripts.
  • Review Rate – The percentage of manuscripts externally reviewed by journal.
  • Accept Rate – The percentage of manuscripts accepted by journal, calculated by dividing the number of manuscripts with an accept decision by the total number of manuscripts with a final decision.

Journal turnaround times

The turnaround times listed below include full year 2020 medians for each title in the Science family of journals. These turnaround times refer to research content only, and include article types “research articles,” “reports,” and “research resources.” It does not include “reviews.” Scroll in table to see additional columns.

Publication
Submission to 1st Decision (Days)
Submission to 1st Post-Review Decision (Days)
Submission to Acceptance (Days)
Accept to Publish (Days)
8
42
138
43
11
33
158
49
5
33
163
23
9
40
165
30
8
43
237
27
6
45
194
40
  • Submission to 1st Decision (Days) – The median time from when a submission is received to when editors decide to either send a manuscript to review or to notify the authors that a manuscript was rejected.
  • Submission to 1st Post-Review Decision (Days) – The median time from when a submission is received to when, following external review, editors send a decision to authors about whether a manuscript was sent back for revision or was rejected.
  • Submission to Acceptance (Days) – The median time from when a submission is received to when a manuscript is accepted.
  • Accept to Publish (Days) – The median time from when a manuscript is accepted to when it is published online.

Citation distributions

The distribution of citations below shows citations in full year 2019 to article types “research articles,” “reports,” and “research resources” published in 2017 and 2018, based on Web of Science data.

100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 Science 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more Citations in 2019 Citations in 2019 Citations in 2019 Citations in 2019 Citations in 2019 Citations in 2019 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more Science Immunology Science Signaling Science Translational Medicine Science Robotics Science Advances 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 0 Number of r esea r ch papers (2017-2018) Number of r esea r ch papers (2017-2018) Number of r esea r ch papers (2017-2018) Number of r esea r ch papers (2017-2018) Number of r esea r ch papers (2017-2018) Number of r esea r ch papers (2017-2018) 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 0 5 0 10 0 15 0 20 0 25 0 30 0 0 5 0 10 0 15 0 20 0 25 0 30 0

Journal metrics

The journal metrics listed below originate from third-party services Web of Science and SCOPUS. Metrics data is current as of October 2020. Scroll in table to see additional columns.

Publication
41.845
44.372
8.384
1.02266
20.309
68
45.3
13.116
14.094
2.059
0.17206
5.683
37
25.2
13.44
13.408
3.397
0.01507
7.064
18
12.8
18.684
20.131
2.424
0.00657
6.194
16
17
6.467
6.944
2.083
0.02659
2.581
16
9.3
16.304
18.559
2.678
0.11603
8.033
25
18.8

Sources: 1Web of Science; 2Scopus