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ACS Synthetic Biology


United States

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The journal is particularly interested in studies on the design and synthesis of new genetic circuits and gene products; computational methods in the design of systems; and integrative applied approaches to understanding disease and metabolism. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Design and optimization of genetic systems Genetic circuit design and their principles for their organization into programs Computational methods to aid the design of genetic systems Experimental methods to quantify genetic parts, circuits, and metabolic fluxes Genetic parts libraries: their creation, analysis, and ontological representation Protein engineering including computational design Metabolic engineering and cellular manufacturing, including biomass conversion Natural product access, engineering, and production Creative and innovative applications of cellular programming Medical applications, tissue engineering, and the programming of therapeutic cells Minimal cell design and construction Genomics and genome replacement strategies Viral engineering Automated and robotic assembly platforms for synthetic biology DNA synthesis methodologies Metagenomics and synthetic metagenomic analysis Bioinformatics applied to gene discovery, chemoinformatics, and pathway construction Gene optimization Methods for genome-scale measurements of transcription and metabolomics Systems biology and methods to integrate multiple data sources in vitro and cell-free synthetic biology and molecular programming Nucleic acid engineering. 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.

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
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)2020Q1
Biomedical Engineering2013Q1
Biomedical Engineering2014Q1
Biomedical Engineering2015Q1
Biomedical Engineering2016Q1
Biomedical Engineering2017Q1
Biomedical Engineering2018Q1
Biomedical Engineering2019Q1
Biomedical Engineering2020Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2013Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2014Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2015Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2016Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2017Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2018Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2019Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2020Q1

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.

Total Documents

Evolution of the number of published documents. All types of documents are considered, including citable and non citable documents.

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)20120.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20133.721
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20144.433
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20154.917
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20165.121
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20175.252
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20185.909
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20195.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20205.241
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20120.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20133.721
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20144.433
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20154.917
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20165.217
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20175.281
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20186.064
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20194.803
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20205.162
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20120.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20133.721
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20144.433
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20155.033
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20165.169
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20175.561
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20185.724
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20194.655
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20205.229
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 Cites20120
Self Cites201339
Self Cites201458
Self Cites2015127
Self Cites2016166
Self Cites2017315
Self Cites2018369
Self Cites2019371
Self Cites2020356
Total Cites20120
Total Cites2013253
Total Cites2014665
Total Cites20151367
Total Cites20161878
Total Cites20172371
Total Cites20183432
Total Cites20193482
Total Cites20204326
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 document20120
External Cites per document20133.567
External Cites per document20144.367
External Cites per document20154.788
External Cites per document20164.977
External Cites per document20174.804
External Cites per document20185.579
External Cites per document20194.363
External Cites per document20204.824
Cites per document20120.000
Cites per document20133.721
Cites per document20144.433
Cites per document20154.917
Cites per document20165.217
Cites per document20175.281
Cites per document20186.064
Cites per document20194.803
Cites per document20205.162
% 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 documents20120
Non-citable documents20138
Non-citable documents201411
Non-citable documents201519
Non-citable documents201616
Non-citable documents201721
Non-citable documents201817
Non-citable documents201912
Non-citable documents202015
Citable documents20120
Citable documents201360
Citable documents2014139
Citable documents2015259
Citable documents2016344
Citable documents2017428
Citable documents2018549
Citable documents2019713
Citable documents2020823
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 documents20120
Uncited documents201316
Uncited documents201424
Uncited documents201551
Uncited documents201656
Uncited documents201759
Uncited documents201844
Uncited documents201972
Uncited documents202061
Cited documents20120
Cited documents201352
Cited documents2014126
Cited documents2015227
Cited documents2016304
Cited documents2017390
Cited documents2018522
Cited documents2019653
Cited documents2020777
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