Journal of Development Studies
Impact Factor & Key Scientometrics

Journal of Development Studies

Impact Factor


H Index


Impact Factor


I. Basic Journal Info


United Kingdom
Journal ISSN: 00220388, 17439140
Publisher: Frank Cass Publishers
History: 1964-ongoing
Journal Hompage: Link
How to Get Published:

Research Categories


The Journal of Development Studies was the first and is one of the best known international journals in the area of development studies. Since its foundation in 1964, it has published many seminal articles on development and opened up new areas of debate. Priority is given to papers which are: • relevant to important current research in development policy, theory and analysis • make a novel and significant contribution to the field • provide critical tests, based on empirical work, of alternative theories, perspectives or schools of thought We invite articles that are interdisciplinary or focused on particular disciplines (e.g. economics, politics, geography, sociology or anthropology), with an expectation that all work is accessible to readers across the social sciences. The editors also welcome surveys of the literature in important fields of development policy. All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous peer review. Given the high level of submissions, a majority of submissions are rejected quickly with reasons.

II. Science Citation Report (SCR)

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SCR Impact Factor

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SCR Journal Ranking

Journal of Development Studies
SCImago SJR Rank

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR indicator) is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from.


Journal of Development Studies
Scopus 2-Year Impact Factor Trend

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Scopus 3-Year Impact Factor Trend

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Scopus 4-Year Impact Factor Trend

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Journal of Development Studies
Impact Factor History

2-year 3-year 4-year
  • 2022 Impact Factor
    3.352 3.205 3.211
  • 2021 Impact Factor
    2.698 2.853 2.853
  • 2020 Impact Factor
    1.758 2.06 2.173
  • 2019 Impact Factor
    1.675 1.847 2.264
  • 2018 Impact Factor
    1.605 2.054 2.164
  • 2017 Impact Factor
    1.708 1.842 2.028
  • 2016 Impact Factor
    1.432 1.733 1.845
  • 2015 Impact Factor
    1.385 1.509 1.697
  • 2014 Impact Factor
    1.451 NA NA
  • 2013 Impact Factor
    1.173 NA NA
  • 2012 Impact Factor
    1.274 NA NA
  • 2011 Impact Factor
    1.155 NA NA
  • 2010 Impact Factor
    1.403 NA NA
  • 2009 Impact Factor
    1.372 NA NA
  • 2008 Impact Factor
    1.455 NA NA
  • 2007 Impact Factor
    1.231 NA NA
  • 2006 Impact Factor
    1.244 NA NA
  • 2005 Impact Factor
    0.944 NA NA
  • 2004 Impact Factor
    0.83 NA NA
  • 2003 Impact Factor
    1.11 NA NA
  • 2002 Impact Factor
    1.148 NA NA
  • 2001 Impact Factor
    1.157 NA NA
  • 2000 Impact Factor
    0.889 NA NA
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Impact Factor

Impact factor (IF) is a scientometric factor based on the yearly average number of citations on articles published by a particular journal in the last two years. A journal impact factor is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. Find out more: What is a good impact factor?

III. Other Science Influence Indicators

Any impact factor or scientometric indicator alone will not give you the full picture of a science journal. There are also other factors such as H-Index, Self-Citation Ratio, SJR, SNIP, etc. Researchers may also consider the practical aspect of a journal such as publication fees, acceptance rate, review speed. (Learn More)

Journal of Development Studies

The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications


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H-Index History