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PLoS Biologyopen access

Country United States  - SIR icon SIR Ranking of United States
260
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Subject Area and CategoryAgricultural and Biological Sciences
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)

Immunology and Microbiology
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous)

Neuroscience
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
PublisherPublic Library of Science
Publication typeJournals
ISSN15449173, 15457885
Coverage2003-2020
Scope PLOS Biology is the flagship PLOS journal in the life sciences and features works of exceptional significance, originality, and relevance in all areas of biological science and at every scale; from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface of other disciplines. We also welcome data-driven meta-research articles that evaluate and aim to improve the standards of research in the life sciences and beyond. We evaluate research based on the important questions it answers as well as its potential to impact an international scientific community as well as educators, policy makers, patient advocacy groups, and society more broadly.

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Quartiles

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.

CategoryYearQuartile
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2004Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2005Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2006Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2007Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2008Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2009Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2010Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2011Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2012Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2013Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2014Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2015Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2016Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2017Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2018Q1
Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)2019Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2004Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2005Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2006Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2007Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2008Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2009Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2010Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2011Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2012Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2013Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2014Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2015Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2016Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2017Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2018Q1
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2019Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2004Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2005Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2006Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2007Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2008Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2009Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2010Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2011Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2012Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2013Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2014Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2015Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2016Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2017Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2018Q1
Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous) 2019Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2004Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2005Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2006Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2007Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2008Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2009Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2010Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2011Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2012Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2013Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2014Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2015Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2016Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2017Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2018Q1
Neuroscience (miscellaneous)2019Q1
SJR

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.

YearSJR
20046.047
20057.087
20066.415
20076.899
20086.663
20097.722
20107.847
20118.744
20128.791
20138.223
20146.814
20155.596
20165.060
20174.941
20184.783
20194.488
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)20030.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20046.728
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20057.273
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20069.191
Cites / Doc. (4 years)200710.659
Cites / Doc. (4 years)200810.986
Cites / Doc. (4 years)200912.095
Cites / Doc. (4 years)201011.999
Cites / Doc. (4 years)201111.359
Cites / Doc. (4 years)201211.386
Cites / Doc. (4 years)201310.412
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20149.571
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20158.111
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20167.335
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20177.496
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20187.928
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20197.775
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20030.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20046.728
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20057.273
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20069.191
Cites / Doc. (3 years)200710.801
Cites / Doc. (3 years)200811.772
Cites / Doc. (3 years)200911.767
Cites / Doc. (3 years)201011.227
Cites / Doc. (3 years)201110.548
Cites / Doc. (3 years)201210.871
Cites / Doc. (3 years)201310.270
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20148.526
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20157.389
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20167.167
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20177.914
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20188.046
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20197.626
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20030.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20046.728
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20057.273
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20069.218
Cites / Doc. (2 years)200711.849
Cites / Doc. (2 years)200811.136
Cites / Doc. (2 years)200910.805
Cites / Doc. (2 years)201010.065
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20119.700
Cites / Doc. (2 years)201210.624
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20139.323
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20147.206
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20156.991
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20167.393
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20177.793
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20187.843
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20196.815
Total Cites 
Self-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.

CitesYearValue
Self Cites20030
Self Cites200413
Self Cites200546
Self Cites200659
Self Cites2007114
Self Cites200885
Self Cites200982
Self Cites201086
Self Cites201166
Self Cites201249
Self Cites201371
Self Cites201460
Self Cites201580
Self Cites201684
Self Cites201782
Self Cites201891
Self Cites2019135
Total Cites20030
Total Cites2004545
Total Cites20053033
Total Cites20065974
Total Cites20078630
Total Cites20088723
Total Cites20099390
Total Cites20109139
Total Cites20118607
Total Cites20128371
Total Cites20137682
Total Cites20146420
Total Cites20155719
Total Cites20165820
Total Cites20176181
Total Cites20186115
Total Cites20196833
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.

CitesYearValue
External Cites per document20030
External Cites per document20046.568
External Cites per document20057.163
External Cites per document20069.100
External Cites per document200710.658
External Cites per document200811.657
External Cites per document200911.664
External Cites per document201011.122
External Cites per document201110.467
External Cites per document201210.808
External Cites per document201310.175
External Cites per document20148.446
External Cites per document20157.286
External Cites per document20167.064
External Cites per document20177.809
External Cites per document20187.926
External Cites per document20197.475
Cites per document20030.000
Cites per document20046.728
Cites per document20057.273
Cites per document20069.191
Cites per document200710.801
Cites per document200811.772
Cites per document200911.767
Cites per document201011.227
Cites per document201110.548
Cites per document201210.871
Cites per document201310.270
Cites per document20148.526
Cites per document20157.389
Cites per document20167.167
Cites per document20177.914
Cites per document20188.046
Cites per document20197.626
% 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
200313.19
200413.65
200529.53
200632.31
200733.75
200832.50
200942.47
201040.21
201131.09
201234.65
201339.93
201434.88
201533.44
201643.32
201738.40
201842.99
201945.21
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.

DocumentsYearValue
Non-citable documents20030
Non-citable documents200410
Non-citable documents200533
Non-citable documents200654
Non-citable documents200774
Non-citable documents200890
Non-citable documents200999
Non-citable documents201082
Non-citable documents201154
Non-citable documents201247
Non-citable documents201338
Non-citable documents201430
Non-citable documents201523
Non-citable documents201656
Non-citable documents201776
Non-citable documents201879
Non-citable documents201972
Citable documents20030
Citable documents200481
Citable documents2005417
Citable documents2006650
Citable documents2007799
Citable documents2008741
Citable documents2009798
Citable documents2010814
Citable documents2011816
Citable documents2012770
Citable documents2013748
Citable documents2014753
Citable documents2015774
Citable documents2016812
Citable documents2017781
Citable documents2018760
Citable documents2019896
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.

DocumentsYearValue
Uncited documents20030
Uncited documents200450
Uncited documents2005184
Uncited documents2006224
Uncited documents2007214
Uncited documents2008144
Uncited documents2009173
Uncited documents2010159
Uncited documents2011153
Uncited documents2012152
Uncited documents2013150
Uncited documents2014161
Uncited documents2015181
Uncited documents2016221
Uncited documents2017174
Uncited documents2018152
Uncited documents2019122
Cited documents20030
Cited documents200441
Cited documents2005266
Cited documents2006480
Cited documents2007659
Cited documents2008687
Cited documents2009724
Cited documents2010737
Cited documents2011717
Cited documents2012665
Cited documents2013636
Cited documents2014622
Cited documents2015616
Cited documents2016647
Cited documents2017683
Cited documents2018687
Cited documents2019846
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