Journal Statistics

Organic chemistry is an exceedingly diverse field, covering areas such physical organic chemistry, chemical biology, as well as research on small organic molecules and large biomolecules, to name a few examples. 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 the aims of the initiative to improve how the quality of research is evaluated. Bibliometrics can be used as indicators of general interest and trends, but of course they do not replace your own critical evaluation of an article.

Various bibliometrics for the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry are presented below without emphasis on any particular metric. Definitions of some of the most widely used journal bibliometrics can be found in Wikipedia [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 Reference [6]. The corresponding data 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

Figure 1: Frequency distribution of citations in 2020 for articles published in 2018 and 2019.

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. The h5-index values for the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry for the last five years are shown below, and details on the most recent h5-index information can be found on the Google Scholar Metrics website [7]. Notably, the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry is among the top 20 publications in the category Organic Chemistry.

Table 1: 2015–2020 h5-index based on Google Scholar Metrics.

year h5-index
2015 38
2016 35
2017 37
2018 36
2019 36
2020 42

Journal Impact Factor and Quartile Rankings (Clarivate)

Although it is the most commonly referred to measure of the impact of a journal 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 the citation rate and distribution of a journal, but it has no direct significance for an individual article in the given journal. Please note that this bibliometric information is from Clarivate (a commercial entity), and the use of the JIF has been highly debated both in the publishing industry and research community [8-10].

In the 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 2020 = (no. of citations in 2020 to articles published in 2018 and 2019) ∕ (no. of articles published in 2018 and 2019).

The bar graph below shows the progression of the JIF for the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry for the last 10 years. Based on the 2021 edition of the Journal Citation Reports® by Clarivate, the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry remained a Q2 journal in the category Organic Chemistry, and the 2020 JIF is 2.88 [11].

Journal Impact Factor, BJOC

Figure 2: 2011–2020 JIF as provided by Clarivate.

Additional information obtained from the Web of Science database:

5-Year JIF (2020): 2.79

Total citations (as of July 1, 2021): 44,808

Additional information from the InCitesTM Journal Citation Reports 2021 [11]:

Total citations 2020: 7,327

Eigenfactor score: 0.00838

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 [12]. This information for the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry is freely available on the SCImago Journal & Country Rank website [13].

2020 h-index as calculated by Scopus®: 66

The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator normalizes the citations based on the subject field. It is also based on Scopus® data 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 calendar years as for the JIF).

Table 2: 2011–2020 SJR based on Scopus® metrics.

year SJR
2011 0.640
2012 1.110
2013 1.191
2014 1.187
2015 1.045
2016 1.020
2017 0.929
2018 0.821
2019 0.714
2020 0.765

Other Statistics

The following graph gives the total number of submissions to and publications in the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry for the last 10 years.

Number of submissions/publications, BJOC

Figure 3: Total number of submissions to (blue) and publications in (red) the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 2011–2020.

The following statistics were prepared according to the instructions given by cOAlition S in the Plan S Price and Service Transparency Frameworks [14]. Please note that because we do not charge anyone any fees for publishing open access articles with our platinum open access model, the reporting sections on price statistics are not explicitly listed here and all fields are 0.

The following statistics are for the reporting period Jan 1–Dec 31, 2020.

Acceptance rate: 49.1%

Desk rejection rate: 39.6%

Median number of reviews: 2.3

For other statistics related to median time to decision, peer review and acceptance, please see our Editorial Policy and Workflow page.


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