PLoS Pathogens
Impact Factor & Key Scientometrics

PLoS Pathogens

Impact Factor


H Index


Impact Factor


I. Basic Journal Info


United States
Journal ISSN: 15537366, 15537374
Publisher: Public Library of Science
History: 2005-ongoing
Journal Hompage: Link
How to Get Published:

Research Categories


Bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions and viruses cause a plethora of diseases that have important medical, agricultural, and economic consequences. Moreover, the study of microbes continues to provide novel insights into such fundamental processes as the molecular basis of cellular and organismal function. PLoS Pathogens reflects the full breadth of research in these areas by publishing outstanding original articles that significantly advance the understanding of pathogens and how they interact with their host organisms.

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
    6.577 6.556 6.531
  • 2021 Impact Factor
    7.01 7.231 7.565
  • 2020 Impact Factor
    6.317 6.9 6.954
  • 2019 Impact Factor
    6.057 6.237 6.325
  • 2018 Impact Factor
    6.288 6.511 6.677
  • 2017 Impact Factor
    6.296 6.734 7.039
  • 2016 Impact Factor
    6.938 7.544 7.832
  • 2015 Impact Factor
    7.485 7.953 8.225
  • 2014 Impact Factor
    8.351 NA NA
  • 2013 Impact Factor
    8.8 NA NA
  • 2012 Impact Factor
    8.898 NA NA
  • 2011 Impact Factor
    9.597 NA NA
  • 2010 Impact Factor
    8.763 NA NA
  • 2009 Impact Factor
    8.049 NA NA
  • 2008 Impact Factor
    8.771 NA NA
  • 2007 Impact Factor
    8.777 NA NA
  • 2006 Impact Factor
    5.575 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