Seven IEEE Journals Most Often Cited in Their Fields

Strong showing once again in Thomson Scientific rankings

7 September 2012

Seven IEEE journals were the most frequently cited in their fields, according to the 2011 Journal Citation Reports, released in June.

Produced by Thomson Reuters, the JCR surveys more than 7500 peer-reviewed journals in about 200 disciplines. The reports assess the influence of academic journals within their field by the number of times articles published in the past two years were cited in the most recent year.

The report found that IEEE Transactions on Information Theory is the No. 1 journal in the broad area of electrical and electronic engineering, based on JCR’s so-called Eigenfactor metrics score, which measures the number of times a journal has been cited during the previous five years.

IEEE journals across several technology areas also earned high rankings according to their impact factor, which takes into account the number of citations 2010 and 2011. The following placed first in their category in terms of impact factor:

  • IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (telecommunications, computer science, and information systems)
  • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (automation and control systems)
  • IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (computer science and artificial intelligence)
  • IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics Part B—Cybernetics (computer science and cybernetics)
  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (computer science, hardware, and architecture)
  • IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (engineering manufacturing)
  • IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (transportation science and technology)

The study found that in 2010 and 2011, IEEE published 17 of the top 20 most cited journals in electrical and electronic engineering. In addition, a number of other publications sit near the top in their category. IEEE publishes:

  • Eight of the top 10 journals in telecommunications
  • Four of the top five in computer science, hardware, and architecture
  • Four of the top five in automation and control systems
  • Four of the top five in computer science and cybernetics
  • Three of the top five in robotics
  • Two of the top five in computer science, theory, and methods
  • Two of the top five in computer science and artificial intelligence
  • Two of the top five in imaging science and photographic technology
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