Journal of Informetrics Wins 2008 ALPSP Award for Best New Journal

Cutting Edge Journal of Informetrics Wins Accolades and “Expands Boundaries”

Amsterdam, September 17th, 2008 –Elsevier is delighted to announce that the Journal of Informetrics (JOI) is the winner of the 2008 Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) award for Best New Journal. The distinguished ALPSP award is open to journals launched within the past three years and considers a range of attributes including high quality peer reviewed articles.

Edited by Leo Egghe, JOI is in its second year of publication and has published a wide range of high quality articles from leading authors across all fields of information science, several of which have policy implications for research evaluation. JOI has been accepted by ISI/Thomson for inclusion in the Social Science Citation Index and will receive its first Impact Factor in 2009.

Over 3,700 institutions worldwide have online access to the full text of the journal and it is included within the UN HINARI, AGORA and OARE initiatives, providing free and low cost access to the journal in developing countries. JOI is also currently experimenting with new e-tools including links to the 2Collab social network, the ability to publish supplementary data sets and models, and engaging with ontologies for the advancement of understanding in the fields the journal serves.

According to Eugene Garfield, Chairman Emeritus ISI, President The Scientist LLC, Past President ASIS&T, “By lowering the barriers between these fields, expanding the boundaries of bibliometric research, and contributing to the increased degree of ‘exactness’ of informetrics, this journal will make a valuable contribution to the research community.”

Diane Cogan, Elsevier Publishing Director, remarked, “Given the increased focus on measurement, the creation of the H and G indices, and sustained growth in articles, JOI represents an invaluable home for leading research in this field.”

Commenting on the honor, Tony Roche, Elsevier Publisher of JOI noted, "This award is especially pleasing as Elsevier has worked hard to develop a journal which meets a real need within the research community.”

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About Journal of Informetrics
The mission of JOI is to focus upon fundamental quantitative aspects of information science, ‘hardening’ the field and lowering barriers between neighboring disciplines. To date, the journal has published a stream of high quality articles, several of which may have policy implications for research evaluation. The journal, although limited to metrics aspects, has a broad scope: in principle, all quantitative analysis of original problems in information science are within the scope of JOI. For more information visit:

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

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