Scimago Journal & Country Rank

American Naturalist


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

Subject Area and Category


University of Chicago



Publication type



00030147, 15375323


1946-1948, 1960-1961, 1973-1975, 1978-1979, 1981-2020



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Since its inception in 1867, The American Naturalist has maintained its position as one of the world’s premier peer-reviewed publications in ecology, evolution, and behavior research. Its goals are to publish articles that are of broad interest to the readership, pose new and significant problems, introduce novel subjects, develop conceptual unification, and change the way people think. The American Naturalist emphasizes sophisticated methodologies and innovative theoretical syntheses — all in an effort to advance the knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles. Join the conversation about this journal

The set of journals have been ranked according to their SJR and divided into four equal groups, four quartiles. Q1 (green) comprises the quarter of the journals with the highest values, Q2 (yellow) the second highest values, Q3 (orange) the third highest values and Q4 (red) the lowest values.

Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics1999Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2000Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2001Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2002Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2003Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2004Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2005Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2006Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2007Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2008Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2009Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2010Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2011Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2012Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2013Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2014Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2015Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2016Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2017Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2018Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2019Q1

The SJR is a size-independent prestige indicator that ranks journals by their 'average prestige per article'. It is based on the idea that 'all citations are not created equal'. SJR is a measure of scientific influence of 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 It measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is.

Citations per document

This indicator counts the number of citations received by documents from a journal and divides them by the total number of documents published in that journal. The chart shows the evolution of the average number of times documents published in a journal in the past two, three and four years have been cited in the current year. The two years line is equivalent to journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters) metric.

Cites per documentYearValue
Cites / Doc. (4 years)19994.156
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20004.702
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20014.923
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20025.804
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20035.935
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20045.982
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20055.822
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20065.883
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20075.860
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20085.677
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20095.628
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20105.713
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20115.518
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20125.427
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20135.424
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20145.127
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20154.405
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20164.333
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20174.416
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20184.284
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20194.281
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19994.156
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20004.620
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20014.914
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20025.763
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20035.335
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20045.473
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20055.473
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20065.470
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20075.512
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20085.289
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20095.389
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20105.551
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20115.252
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20125.239
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20135.072
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20144.841
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20154.113
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20164.134
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20174.424
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20184.188
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20194.127
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19993.925
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20004.441
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20014.711
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20025.070
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20034.677
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20044.895
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20054.710
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20064.824
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20074.813
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20084.796
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20095.113
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20105.010
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20114.925
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20124.716
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20134.693
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20144.329
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20153.581
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20164.131
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20174.394
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20183.915
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20193.904
Total Cites 

Evolution of the total number of citations and journal's self-citations received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years.
Journal Self-citation is defined as the number of citation from a journal citing article to articles published by the same journal.

Self Cites1999114
Self Cites200098
Self Cites200192
Self Cites2002114
Self Cites2003114
Self Cites2004119
Self Cites2005120
Self Cites2006143
Self Cites2007165
Self Cites2008170
Self Cites2009181
Self Cites2010172
Self Cites2011111
Self Cites201292
Self Cites201396
Self Cites2014101
Self Cites201577
Self Cites201655
Self Cites2017110
Self Cites201874
Self Cites2019105
Total Cites19991521
Total Cites20001594
Total Cites20011656
Total Cites20021827
Total Cites20031750
Total Cites20041910
Total Cites20052266
Total Cites20062445
Total Cites20072756
Total Cites20082872
Total Cites20093077
Total Cites20103264
Total Cites20112957
Total Cites20122850
Total Cites20132521
Total Cites20142382
Total Cites20151970
Total Cites20162092
Total Cites20172075
Total Cites20181935
Total Cites20191754
External Cites per Doc 
Cites per Doc

Evolution of the number of total citation per document and external citation per document (i.e. journal self-citations removed) received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years. External citations are calculated by subtracting the number of self-citations from the total number of citations received by the journal’s documents.

External Cites per document19993.844
External Cites per document20004.336
External Cites per document20014.641
External Cites per document20025.404
External Cites per document20034.988
External Cites per document20045.132
External Cites per document20055.184
External Cites per document20065.150
External Cites per document20075.182
External Cites per document20084.976
External Cites per document20095.072
External Cites per document20105.259
External Cites per document20115.055
External Cites per document20125.070
External Cites per document20134.879
External Cites per document20144.636
External Cites per document20153.952
External Cites per document20164.026
External Cites per document20174.190
External Cites per document20184.028
External Cites per document20193.880
Cites per document19994.156
Cites per document20004.620
Cites per document20014.914
Cites per document20025.763
Cites per document20035.335
Cites per document20045.473
Cites per document20055.473
Cites per document20065.470
Cites per document20075.512
Cites per document20085.289
Cites per document20095.389
Cites per document20105.551
Cites per document20115.252
Cites per document20125.239
Cites per document20135.072
Cites per document20144.841
Cites per document20154.113
Cites per document20164.134
Cites per document20174.424
Cites per document20184.188
Cites per document20194.127
% International Collaboration

International Collaboration accounts for the articles that have been produced by researchers from several countries. The chart shows the ratio of a journal's documents signed by researchers from more than one country; that is including more than one country address.

YearInternational Collaboration
Citable documents 
Non-citable documents

Not every article in a journal is considered primary research and therefore "citable", this chart shows the ratio of a journal's articles including substantial research (research articles, conference papers and reviews) in three year windows vs. those documents other than research articles, reviews and conference papers.

Non-citable documents199915
Non-citable documents200033
Non-citable documents200142
Non-citable documents200247
Non-citable documents200341
Non-citable documents200441
Non-citable documents200532
Non-citable documents200627
Non-citable documents200718
Non-citable documents200819
Non-citable documents200917
Non-citable documents201016
Non-citable documents201114
Non-citable documents201218
Non-citable documents201326
Non-citable documents201427
Non-citable documents201540
Non-citable documents201646
Non-citable documents201752
Non-citable documents201849
Non-citable documents201952
Citable documents1999366
Citable documents2000345
Citable documents2001337
Citable documents2002317
Citable documents2003328
Citable documents2004349
Citable documents2005414
Citable documents2006447
Citable documents2007500
Citable documents2008543
Citable documents2009571
Citable documents2010588
Citable documents2011563
Citable documents2012544
Citable documents2013497
Citable documents2014492
Citable documents2015479
Citable documents2016506
Citable documents2017469
Citable documents2018462
Citable documents2019425
Cited documents 
Uncited documents

Ratio of a journal's items, grouped in three years windows, that have been cited at least once vs. those not cited during the following year.

Uncited documents199953
Uncited documents200048
Uncited documents200139
Uncited documents200237
Uncited documents200341
Uncited documents200445
Uncited documents200534
Uncited documents200642
Uncited documents200738
Uncited documents200842
Uncited documents200949
Uncited documents201040
Uncited documents201152
Uncited documents201252
Uncited documents201351
Uncited documents201465
Uncited documents201567
Uncited documents201680
Uncited documents201768
Uncited documents201871
Uncited documents201974
Cited documents1999328
Cited documents2000330
Cited documents2001340
Cited documents2002327
Cited documents2003328
Cited documents2004345
Cited documents2005412
Cited documents2006432
Cited documents2007480
Cited documents2008520
Cited documents2009539
Cited documents2010564
Cited documents2011525
Cited documents2012510
Cited documents2013472
Cited documents2014454
Cited documents2015452
Cited documents2016472
Cited documents2017453
Cited documents2018440
Cited documents2019403
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