2019 Impact Factors

The Web of Science has released its impact factors for listed journals for 2019 and the Journal of Contemporary Asia is now at 1.957. In 2018 the IF was 2.030, the highest level JCA has ever reached.

For 2019, the report ranks JCA as 6th in the Area Studies category among 77 ranked journals.

At about the same time, Google Scholar released its rankings. In its list of the top 20 Asian Studies and History journals, JCA ranks 3rd.

In the Scimago Journal Rankings, using Scopus, JCA is listed in Cultural Studies and something called Social Sciences (miscellaneous) and is ranked in Q1 for both. In Cultural Studies JCA is ranked 18th among 1093 journals and in Social Sciences (Misc.) it is ranked 59th among 588 journals.

There are quite divergent views on the utility of such rankings. Whatever one’s views, there is little doubt that IFs and the rankings do have consequences for journals, including in matters like submissions. Several jurisdictions also direct scholars to consider IFs when they publish and some reward them for publishing in high-ranked journals.

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