Journal of Cheminformatics receives Impact Factor of 3.42

We just wanted to update you with some good news from the Journal of Cheminformatics. The Thomson / ISI 2011 Journal Impact Factors were just released, and the Journal of Cheminformatics received an Impact Factor of 3.42 – the first year we have been given an impact factor. This is very high for a new journal, and reflects our commitment to publishing interesting, important and high quality research with a wide scope of application in cheminformatics and related fields, with maximum accessibility. The impact factor compares very favourably with other much more established journals, both open access and subscription (e.g. BMC Bioinformatics = 2.75; PLoS ONE = 4.092).

Of course Impact Factors are not everything, and there has been much discussion recently about article-level metrics being more informative than proprietary journal-level metrics. We’re thus pleased that the Journal of Cheminformatics is now supplying a variety of article-level statistics in the “about this article” section, including the increasingly discussed altmetric score (

So thanks to all of you who made the Journal of Cheminformatics such a success, and we look forward to a bright future for the journal!

David Wild & Chris Steinbeck
Editors-in-Chief, Journal of Cheminformatics

Categorised as: Chemoinformatics, Hot Science, Life of Chris, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scientific Culture

One Comment

  1. Hi Chris,

    I was surprised to learn that calculating the JIF is much more complicated than just counting the citing literature. On April 21st Web-of-Science gave me average citations per paper of 5.86 for 2009 and 4.91 for 2010, and the editorials were typically below that impact. Google Scholar is more up to date and even gave numbers of 8 and 7 for the two years.

    Still, the relative rank between BMC Bioinformatics and PLoS ONE is indeed very promising for the future!



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