Love ‘em, hate ’em? It’s hard to ignore them – 2006 journal impact factors were released by Thomson yesterday.

Expect to be bombarded with publishers telling you how much better their journals are than in previous years. I feel a little left out, Nature Nanotechnology won’t get it’s first impact factor until this time next year, until then you’ll just have to take my word that we’re good!

If you care (and have access), check out your favourite journals and how they did at Thomson’s ISI Web of Knowledge, under Journal Citation Reports…

More generally – how important is a journal’s impact factor to you (or your advisor)? Does it influence where you publish, or do only publishers care about these metrics?


Stuart Cantrill (Associate Editor, Nature Nanotechnology)

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