PLoS Computational Biology
Impact Factor & Key Scientometrics

PLoS Computational Biology

Impact Factor

H Index


Impact Factor


I. Basic Journal Info


United States
Journal ISSN: 1553734X, 15537358
Publisher: Public Library of Science
History: 2005-ongoing
Journal Hompage: Link
How to Get Published:

Research Categories


PLOS Computational Biology features works of exceptional significance that further our understanding of living systems at all scales—from molecules and cells, to patient populations and ecosystems—through the application of computational methods. Readers include life and computational scientists, who can take the important findings presented here to the next level of discovery. Research articles must be declared as belonging to a relevant section. More information about the sections can be found in the submission guidelines. Research articles should model aspects of biological systems, demonstrate both methodological and scientific novelty, and provide profound new biological insights. Generally, reliability and significance of biological discovery through computation should be validated and enriched by experimental studies. Inclusion of experimental validation is not required for publication, but should be referenced where possible. Inclusion of experimental validation of a modest biological discovery through computation does not render a manuscript suitable for PLOS Computational Biology. Research articles specifically designated as Methods papers should describe outstanding methods of exceptional importance that have been shown, or have the promise to provide new biological insights. The method must already be widely adopted, or have the promise of wide adoption by a broad community of users. Enhancements to existing published methods will only be considered if those enhancements bring exceptional new capabilities.

II. Science Citation Report (SCR)

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SCR Impact Factor

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SCR Journal Ranking

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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.


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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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Impact Factor History

2-year 3-year 4-year
  • 2022 Impact Factor
    4.009 4.514 4.725
  • 2021 Impact Factor
    4.534 4.864 5.609
  • 2020 Impact Factor
    4.109 4.922 4.981
  • 2019 Impact Factor
    4.667 4.942 5.006
  • 2018 Impact Factor
    4.396 4.612 5.064
  • 2017 Impact Factor
    4.174 4.822 4.978
  • 2016 Impact Factor
    4.673 4.944 5.167
  • 2015 Impact Factor
    5.049 5.346 5.56
  • 2014 Impact Factor
    5.097 NA NA
  • 2013 Impact Factor
    5.366 NA NA
  • 2012 Impact Factor
    5.564 NA NA
  • 2011 Impact Factor
    5.934 NA NA
  • 2010 Impact Factor
    5.784 NA NA
  • 2009 Impact Factor
    5.329 NA NA
  • 2008 Impact Factor
    5.928 NA NA
  • 2007 Impact Factor
    5.233 NA NA
  • 2006 Impact Factor
    3.986 NA NA
  • 2005 Impact Factor
    0 NA NA
  • 2004 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2003 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2002 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2001 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
  • 2000 Impact Factor
    NA NA NA
Note: impact factor data for reference only




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)

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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