Journal Statistics

Organic chemistry is a diverse field, covering areas from physical organic chemistry to chemical biology and research on small organic molecules to large biomolecules. Given the diversity of topics covered in the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, 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 [1-3].

We are signatories to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) [4] 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 Organic Chemistry are presented below without emphasis for any particular metric. Definitions of some of the most widely used journal bibliometrics can be found here [5]. Please use the combination of these statistics together with your evaluation of our most recent articles to decide if the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry is an appropriate journal to publish your research. Thank you for considering our non-profit platinum open access journal for your organic chemistry 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 [6]. 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 BJOC

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 38 [7]
2016 35 [8]
2017 37 [9]
2018 36 [10]

*Ranked #19 in the category organic chemistry (and #2 for all open access journals in this category) [10] 

Journal Impact Factor and Quartile Rankings (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 [11-13].

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 Organic Chemistry. According to the 2018 edition of Journal Citation Reports® by Clarivate Analytics, the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry remained a Q2 journal in the category organic chemistry and the 2018 JIF is 2.6 [14].

Journal Impact Factor, BJOC

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


Additional information obtained from the Web of Science database:

5-year Journal Impact Factor (2018): 2.53

Total citations (as of Aug. 16, 2019): 31,156

Additional information from the 2018 InCites(TM) Journal Citation Reports [14]:

Total citations 2018: 5,545

Eigenfactor score: 0.01151


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.) [15]. This information for the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry is freely available on their website [16].

2018 h5-index as calculated by Scopus®: 57

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” and. 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).

2006–2018 SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), according to Scopus® metrics.

Year SJR
2006 0.179
2007 0.544
2008 0.668
2009 0.533
2010 0.472
2011 0.640
2012 1.110
2013 1.191
2014 1.187
2015 1.045
2016 1.020
2017 0.929
2018 0.821













Other Statistics

The following graph gives the total number of submissions to (blue) and publications in (red) the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry.

Number of submissions/publications, BJOC

Total number of submissions to and publications in the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 2005–2018.



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