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Journal metrics overview

This page provides journal profiles, turnaround times, citation distributions, and citation-based metrics for the Science family of journals and is updated on a semi-annual basis. AAAS, the publisher of the Science family of journals, is a signatory of DORA and believes that a range of metrics should be used to evaluate journal quality.

Journal profiles

The data below refer to full year 2020 and include article types “research articles,” “reports,” and “research resources.” Note that they do not include “reviews.” Scroll in table to see additional columns.

Publication
Submissions
Review Rate
Accept Rate
13,445
16.0%
5.6%
17,056
25.0%
11.8%
1,497
11.0%
6.6%
505
24.0%
10.1%
684
31.8%
16.3%
5,177
14.0%
5.7%
  • Submissions – The number of manuscripts submitted by journal, excluding withdrawn and duplicate manuscripts.
  • Review Rate – The percentage of manuscripts externally reviewed by journal.
  • Accept Rate – The percentage of manuscripts accepted by journal, calculated by dividing the number of manuscripts with an accept decision by the total number of manuscripts with a final decision.

Journal turnaround times

The turnaround times listed below include full year 2020 medians for each title in the Science family of journals. These turnaround times refer to research content only, and include article types “research articles,” “reports,” and “research resources.” Note that they do not include “reviews.” Scroll in table to see additional columns.

Publication
Submission to 1st Decision (Days)
Submission to 1st Post-Review Decision (Days)
Submission to Acceptance (Days)
Accept to Publish (Days)
8
42
138
43
11
33
158
49
5
33
163
23
9
40
165
30
8
43
237
27
6
45
194
40
  • Submission to 1st Decision (Days) – The median time from when a submission is received to when editors decide to either send a manuscript to review or to notify the authors that a manuscript was rejected.
  • Submission to 1st Post-Review Decision (Days) – The median time from when a submission is received to when, following external review, editors send a decision to authors about whether a manuscript was sent back for revision or was rejected.
  • Submission to Acceptance (Days) – The median time from when a submission is received to when a manuscript is accepted.
  • Accept to Publish (Days) – The median time from when a manuscript is accepted to when it is published online.

Citation distributions

The distributions of citations below show citations in full year 2020 to article types “research articles,” “reports,” and “research resources” published in 2018 and 2019, based on Web of Science data.

0 250 500 750 1000 1250 Science 0 250 500 750 1000 1250 Science Advances 0 50 100 150 200 250 Science Signaling 0 50 100 150 200 250 Science Translational Medicine 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Science Immunology 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Number of research papers (2018-2019) Number of research papers (2018-2019) Number of research papers (2018-2019) Number of research papers (2018-2019) Number of research papers (2018-2019) Number of research papers (2018-2019) Citations in 2020 Citations in 2020 Citations in 2020 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more 0-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 more Citations in 2020 Citations in 2020 Citations in 2020 Science Robotics

Citation-based metrics

The metrics listed below originate from third-party services Web of Science and SCOPUS. Metrics data are current as of July 2021. Scroll in table to see additional columns.

Publication
47.728
51.433
23.876
0.89576
22.107
83
46.8
14.136
16.446
2.560
0.21864
5.841
37
16.6
17.727
17.316
8.728
0.02220
8.625
22
17.8
23.748
26.187
5.239
0.01177
7.622
11
25.7
8.192
8.384
2.197
0.02391
2.985
12
10.6
17.956
21.120
4.311
0.10378
8.484
25
18.6

Sources: 1Web of Science; 2Scopus