There are very many scientific journals in chemistry containing original research, or reviews of other publications, or both. How do we know which are the most prestigious, the most rigorous in accepting articles, and so on? All journal articles reference other journal articles. We can measure how many times articles in one journal, over a period of time such as one, two or three years, are referenced by all other journals. Ranking the journals counting that total number of references gives one list. It gives a measure of how many people visit a journal. Journals with many articles are likely to out-rank journals with few articles. As a consequence the impact factor was introduced. This is essentially the average number of references to each article in a particular journal. Impact factor measures the worth of an average article in a journal. Ranking journals according to the impact factor gives another list.
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There are only two or three journals in common between the 'impact factor' list and either of the lists based on total counts of citations. The 'impact factor' list contains very many more review journals. Review journals tend to have high impact factors because they publish relatively few articles, but they are referenced many times. For example, Chemical Reviews was cited 45129 times and published 183 articles. Journal of the American Chemical Society has 231890 citations, but ends up with a lower impact factor because it published many more articles: 3167.
Alphabetic list of titles
The list below presents scientific journals in chemistry and its various subfields.
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^ "Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index, 1907 - 2004 Cumulative", Part 1, Page 46I. The data is based on a coverage analysis of the two volumes 140 - 141 of "Chemical Abstracts"
^ http://scientific.thomson.com/products/jcr/ A search of 2004 Journal Citation Reports from the Institute for Scientific Information for journals in subject categories CHEMISTRY, ANALYTICAL; CHEMISTRY, APPLIED; CHEMISTRY, INORGANIC & NUCLEAR; CHEMISTRY, MEDICINAL; CHEMISTRY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY; CHEMISTRY, ORGANIC; CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL, PHYSICS, ATOMIC, MOLECULAR & CHEMICAL. Physical Review A was removed from the top 20 as not being sufficiently chemical.