Semantic Web journal Impact Factor

The Semantic Web journal just got an impact factor, and it's excellent indeed.

If you search the Journal Citation Reports system for all journals which have "Web" in their title, you find 7 of them. SWJ tops the list with 1.786, and the next best one is Springer's "World Wide Web - Internet and Web Information Systems" with 1.539.

The full list is as follows:

Semantic Web 1.786
World Wide Web - Internet and Web Information Systems 1.539
Journal of Web Semantics 1.277
International Journal of Web and Grid Services 1.229
ACM Transactions on the Web 1.061
International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems 0.621
International Journal of Web Services Research 0.257

Here are some journals with overlapping scope, all from the "Computer Science, Information Systems" journal category:

IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering: 2.476
Information Systems 1.832
Semantic Web 1.786
VLDB Journal 1.744
Knowledge and Information Systems 1.702
World Wide Web - Internet and Web Information Systems 1.539
Data & Knowledge Engineering 1.500
Multimedia Tools and Applications 1.331
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction 1.293
Journal of Web Semantics 1.277
ACM Transactions on the Web 1.061
International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS) 0.621
Applied Ontology 0.526

Some journals covering generically larger communities of course are higher:

IEEE Intelligent Systems 3.532
Artificial Intelligence 3.333
Knowledge-based Systems 3.325
Communications of the ACM 3.301

- but these are not really our competition.

Of course, like all metrics, these numbers have to be taken with a grain of salt. We know about the systematic problems with impact factors, in particular since a few high-scoring papers can push the factor up significantly although other papers in a journal get hardly cited. That's not the case for SWJ though, as far as we can tell (e.g. based on Google Scholar). With respect to other metrics we've been doing well as well, but the currently listings have issues, e.g. the current Scimago and Google Scholar Metrics listings for some reason omit several high-scoring recent SWJ papers.

Nevertheless, we think we're doing rather well, and we would like to thank our editorial board members, our guest editors, our reviewers and our authors for their hard work and dedication. And IOS Press of course, who is always fully in support of our experimental innovations.

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