- Immediate Open Access Journals for General Submission (journals to which anyone can submit [excluding most museum publications with more exclusive author criteria], and which provide open access immediately upon publication)
- Immediate Open Access Journals (same as above, with museum publications included)
- All Open Access Journals (includes those journals with delayed open access)
- Community Ranked Open Access Journals (journals as ranked by the opinions from the survey)
Again With the Caveats
Remember, these rankings are only one method for measuring the efficacy, quality, and impact of a journal, and you will probably disagree with one or more of the placements on the list. Especially for relatively young journals, rankings may change rapidly in the coming years.
Top Immediate Open Access Journals for Paleontology 2009
- Acta Palaeontologica Polonica
- PLoS ONE, PLoS Biology [tie]
- [tied for 3]
- Paläontologische Zeitschrift
- Geologica Acta
- Palaeontologia Electronica
- Vertebrata PalAsiatica
- Estudios Geológicos
- Revue de Paléobiologie
- Journal of Paleontological Sciences*
- Coloquios de Paleontología
- Joannea - Geologie und Paläontologie
- Natura Nascosta
- The Open Paleontology Journal
- Journal of Paleontological Techniques
While compiling the results, I noted that sometimes community opinions of a journal varied from the rankings by sheer number of articles or citations. This will be highlighted in a future post. So, if you're worried because your favorite journal is lower than you thought, or your least favorite journal is higher than you thought, you'll probably be interested to see those results.
Unlike the widely-known Science Citation Index, these rankings include very new journals as well as more established journals. Thus, some rankings may change in the coming years are the new kids on the block accumulate more citations, more papers, and more exposure. Still, it is very interesting to note how some quite new journals (such as PLoS ONE) still have a high position within the list.
It is interesting to note how truly global this list is - a healthy mix of journals from South America, Europe, Asia, and North America round out the top 10. What does this mean, if anything, for the future of paleontology?
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