Elsevier publications make “Hottest Journals of Millennium” list

Amsterdam, 15 March 2005 - Following a six-year tracking period, 12 Elsevier journals, covering subject areas ranging from physics to microbiology, made it onto a series of ''Top 10'' lists included in a report entitled “Hottest Journals of the Millennium (so far)”, compiled by Thomson Scientific.

These findings were published in Science Watch, a publication tracking trends and performance in basic research, and included ''Top 10'' journals lists in 11 different subject areas. Each journal listing was ranked by the number of citations per paper appearing in that journal.

Elsevier’s science and technology journals, particularly those related to life sciences showed strong performances. Three of the life sciences lists - Molecular Biology & Genetics; Biology & Biochemistry; and Neuroscience & Behavior - contained two Elsevier journals each. Physics was also a subject area that had two Elsevier journals make the cut: Nuclear Physics B and Physics Letters B, coming in at 4 and 5 respectively.

Journals that were eligible to be included in the ranking had to meet two criteria: each journal first had to be one indexed by Thomson and each journal had to have published papers continuously during the tracking period, which began in January 1999 and continued through August 2004. Science Watch chose to exclude journals that only publish review articles, and instead focused on publications where main source of content is made up of discovery accounts and other original research.

''It is wonderful to see that Elsevier journals in the life sciences are cited this frequently by the communities they serve,'' said Martin Tanke, Managing Director of Life Sciences at Elsevier. ''This is clearly a demonstration of the professional excellence of the editorial boards and publishing teams who work on these publications.''

Other Elsevier journals that made lists in their respective categories included Astroparticle Physics (Space Science); The Lancet (Clinical Medicine); Virology (Microbiology); and Immunity (Immunology)

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Note to Editors: The following Elsevier journals were included in the report (by subject):

Molecular Biology & Genetics - Cell, Molecular Cell
Physics - Nuclear Physics B, Physics Letters B
Biology & Biochemistry - Structure, BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids
Space Science - Astroparticle Physics
Clinical Medicine -The Lancet
Microbiology - Virology
Neuroscience & Behavior - Neuron, Biological Psychiatry
Immunology - Immunity

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