Journal Statistics

It is well known that nanotechnology is an extremely multidisciplinary field, attracting researchers from physics to chemistry, from computer science to biology, and many disciplines in between [1,2]. Given the diversity of topics covered in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, one set of statistics or bibliometrics will not suffice for the evaluation of such a journal, as it is well known that specific disciplines have vastly different citation patterns [3-5].

We are signatories to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) [6] and support its aims to improve how the quality of research is evaluated. Bibliometrics can be used as indicators of general interest and trends, but of course do not replace your own critical evaluation of an article.

Alternative Journal Metrics

Various bibliometrics for the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology are presented below without emphasis for any particular metric. Definitions of some of the most widely used journal bibliometrics can be found here [7]. Please use the combination of these statistics together with your evaluation of our most recent articles to decide if the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology is an appropriate journal to publish your research. Thank you for considering our non-profit platinum open-access journal for your nanotechnology publication.

Frequency Distribution of Citations

The following analysis is based on the method for calculating the frequency distribution of citations for a given journal, as described in detail in [8]. The following statistics were collected using the version of Web of Science available with our license and the analysis was followed exactly as described in the referenced article.


Frequency Distribution of Citations BJNANO

Frequency distribution of citations in 2018 for articles published in 2016–2017.


h5-index from Google Scholar Metrics

The h-index of a journal is the number of articles, h, in that journal that were cited at least h times each. The h5-index of a publication is the h-index of the articles for those that were published in the last five complete calendar years.

Year h5-index Ref.
2015 29 [9]
2016 33 [10]
2017 40 [11]
2018 45 [12]


Journal Impact Factor and Quartile Ranking (Clarivate Analytics)

Although it is the most commonly referred to measure of a journal’s impact on a discipline, and therefore, of importance for authors, the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) alone is not sufficient to judge the quality of a journal. Moreover, it provides some information about a journal’s citation rate and distribution, but has no direct significance for an individual article in the given journal. Please note that this bibliometric information from Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) is from a commercial entity and the use of the JIF has been highly debated in the publishing industry and research community [13-15].

In its simplest form, the JIF for a given year is the ratio of the number of citations in that year to articles published in the past two calendar years, divided by the total number of publications published in the past two calendar years. For example, JIF 2016 = No. citations in 2016 to 2014–2015 published articles / No. published articles in 2014–2015.

The bar graph below shows the progression of the JIF for the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology since its inception in 2010. According to the 2018 edition of Journal Citation Reports® by Clarivate Analytics, the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 2018 JIF is 2.27 [16].

Journal Impact Factor, BJNANO

2011–2018 Journal Impact Factor, according to Clarivate Analytics.      


Additional information obtained from the Web of Science database:

5-year Journal Impact Factor (2018): 3.03

Total citations (as of Aug. 16, 2019): 17,094

Additional information from the 2018 InCites(TM) Journal Citation Reports [16]:

Total citations 2018: 4,022

Eigenfactor score: 0.00893


SCImago Journal & Country Rank (Scopus® Metrics)

Without a subscription, the data contained in the proprietary Elsevier B.V. database Scopus® cannot be accessed. Alternatively, the SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a publicly available portal that includes information on the journals that are included in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.) [17]. This information for the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology is freely available on their website [18].

2018 h5-index as calculated by Scopus®: 46

The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator (also based on Scopus® data) is a factor that normalizes the citations based on the subject field and attempts to normalize for “journal prestige”. The SJR data presented below is the weighted average number of citations in the given year for articles published over the past three calendar years (in contrast to the past two years as for the JIF).

2011–2018 SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), according to Scopus® metrics.

Year SJR
2011 0.398


2013 1.268
2014 1.163
2015 1.001
2016 1.138
2017 1.119
2018 0.769

Other Statistics

The following graph gives the total number of submissions to (blue) and publications in (red) the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, with the percent of acceptances provided for the given year.

Number of submissions/publications, BJNANO

Total number of submissions to and publications in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 2010–2018.


Please contact the Managing Editor, Dr. Wendy Patterson (wpatterson -at-, with any questions about this information.



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