Thomson Reuters Journals Citation Reports Announce Inaugural Impact Factor for MRS Communications

Impact Factors Increase for Journal of Materials Research and MRS Bulletin

Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press announce that MRS Communications received its first impact factor (IF) of 1.250, based on just one issue. Also notable – the journal achieved this ranking in its first year of eligibility and within two years of its launch.

In addition, the Journal of Materials Research and MRS Bulletin have increased their respective IFs. The IF for the Journal of Materials Research rose to 1.713 and the IF for MRS Bulletin, one of the most widely recognized and highly respected publications in advanced materials research, increased to 5.024.

The IF is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a specific journal has been cited in a particular year or period. It helps recognize journals of key importance in their subject area and is one of the evaluation tools provided by Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports®.

Launched in 2011 by the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press, MRS Communications was the first journal of its kind to establish future directions for the broad materials science community via Prospectives articles. The journal, attracting Open Access and traditional submissions, brings together researchers and professionals from the full range of materials fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering, to identify and report on trends in research.

The inaugural Editor-in-Chief of MRS Communications, Peter F. Green, commented: “We are very pleased to see MRS Communications receive its first impact factor. This is an important milestone for MRS Communications, which was already selected for inclusion in various other Thomson Reuters indices. With this early achievement of recognition since its launch in the fall of 2011, we are looking forward to important contributions this materials journal will continue to make to the field of materials science.”

Simon Ross, Managing Director for Cambridge Journals, added: “In 2011 our aim for MRS Communications was to make it the primary journal where material research scientists aspired to publish their best work and we are proud that in such a short time this goal is within reach. We look forward to working with the Materials Research Society to continually improve our offerings to the materials research community.”

All three journals are ranked in the Materials Science, Multidisciplinary category. MRS Bulletin, a highly respected monthly publication written by leading experts, increased its cited half-life to 6.2 years. Journal of Materials Research, a premier archival journal in materials research, also received an impressive cited half-life of >10 years.