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Royal Society Open Science

Basic Journal Info


United Kingdom
Journal ISSN: 20545703
Publisher: The Royal Society
History: 2014-ongoing
Journal Hompage: Link
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Royal Society Open Science

Impact Factor


Impact Factor


Impact Factor



Royal Society Open Science is a new open journal publishing high-quality original research across the entire range of science on the basis of objective peer-review. The journal covers the entire range of science and mathematics and allows the Society to publish all the high-quality work it receives without the usual restrictions on scope, length or impact. The journal has a number of distinguishing features: objective peer-review (publishing all articles which are scientifically sound and useful to the community), makes the reviewer reports, decision letter and associated author responses accessible alongside published articles, with referees having the option to sign their reports, articles embody open data principles, each article has a suite of article level metrics and we encourage post-publication comments the Editorial team consists entirely of practising scientists and draws upon the expertise of the Royal Society’s Fellowship, in addition to direct submissions, it accepts for consideration articles referred from other Royal Society journals. Royal Society Open Science welcomes the submission of all high-quality science including articles which may usually be difficult to publish elsewhere, for example, those that include negative findings. The journal covers life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science.

Royal Society Open Science

2-year Impact Factor Trend
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3-year Impact Factor Trend
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4-year Impact Factor Trend
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Impact Factor

The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a scientometric factor based on the yearly average number of citations on articles published by a particular journal in the last two years. In other words, the impact factor of 2020 is the average of the number of cited publications divided by the citable publications of a journal. A journal impact factor is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. Normally, journals with higher impact factors are often deemed to have more influence than those with lower ones. However, the science community has also noted that review articles typically are more citable than research articles.

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Royal Society Open Science

Impact Factor History
  • 2019 Impact Factor 2.831
  • 2018 Impact Factor 2.726
  • 2017 Impact Factor 2.825
  • 2016 Impact Factor 2.545
  • 2015 Impact Factor 2.200
  • 2014 Impact Factor 0.000
  • 2013 Impact Factor NA
  • 2012 Impact Factor NA
  • 2011 Impact Factor NA
  • 2010 Impact Factor NA
  • 2009 Impact Factor NA
  • 2008 Impact Factor NA
  • 2007 Impact Factor NA
  • 2006 Impact Factor NA
  • 2005 Impact Factor NA
  • 2004 Impact Factor NA
  • 2003 Impact Factor NA
  • 2002 Impact Factor NA
  • 2001 Impact Factor NA
  • 2000 Impact Factor NA
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Other Journal Impact Indicator

Any journal impact factor or scientometric indicator alone will not give you the full picture of a science journal. That’s why every year, scholars review current metrics to improve upon them and sometimes come up with new ones. There are also other factors to sider for example, H-Index, Self-Citation Ratio, SJR (SCImago Journal Rank Indicator) and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper). Researchers may also consider the practical aspect of a journal such as publication fees, acceptance rate, review speed.

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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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SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

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.