The three Journals of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A, B and C) all continue to contribute to the Society’s key goal of strengthening the discipline, according to the latest impact factors (for 2014) released by Thomson Reuters.
The Series B (Statistical Methodology) journal remains the Society’s highest ranked journal even though it is now ranked fourth the Statistics and Probability category (it was number one last year) with a citation rate of 3.515. Its five-year impact figure remains high, at 6.585.
Series A increased its average number of citations, from 1.573 in 2013 to 1.643, thus improving its rankings in the Statistics and Probability category where it is now 19th in a field of 122 journals; as well as ranking 11th out of 46 in the Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods category.
Series C also increased its citation rate (from 1.418 to 1.494). The journal is now ranked 26th out of 122 in the Statistics and Probability category.
The impact factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations by the number of citable articles (ie not including things like book reviews) in the two-year window prior to the year of the results (so for the 2014 factors the window was 2012-2013).
Kevin McConway, RSS vice president for Academic Affairs, said: ‘As statisticians, we know to take rankings like these with a pinch of salt. However, taken together with qualitative evidence, they do confirm that our journals continue to be of high quality.’
RSS fellows receive one journal series as part of their basic membership. For further information on our journals, please visit the Journals page of the Society’s main website.