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Nature Ecology and Evolution


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

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Nature Publishing Group



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The most striking feature of Life on Earth is its diversity, and the fields of ecology and evolution are central to understanding how biodiversity arose, how it is maintained, what are its consequences, and how we should conserve it. Evolution is the unifying concept than runs through all the life sciences, from the origin and diversification of life to understanding human behaviour to dealing with the challenges posed by disease. Ecology takes biology from the relative simplicity of individuals to explain the complexity of interactions between organisms and their environments. Its implications stretch beyond biology into environmental science and the grand challenges facing society. Nature Ecology & Evolution is interested in the full spectrum of ecological and evolutionary biology, encompassing approaches at the molecular, organismal, population, community and ecosystem levels, as well as relevant parts of the social sciences. Nature Ecology & Evolution provides a place where all researchers and policymakers interested in all aspects of life's diversity can come together to learn about the most accomplished and significant advances in the field and to discuss topical issues. An online-only monthly journal, our broad scope ensures that the research published reaches the widest possible audience of scientists. 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 Systematics2017Q4
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2018Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2019Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2020Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2021Q1

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)20160.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20174.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20187.038
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20198.097
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20208.821
Cites / Doc. (4 years)202110.918
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20160.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20174.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20187.038
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20198.097
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20208.819
Cites / Doc. (3 years)202110.708
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20160.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20174.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20187.038
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20198.107
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20208.280
Cites / Doc. (2 years)202110.584
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 Cites20160
Self Cites20170
Self Cites201868
Self Cites201991
Self Cites2020141
Self Cites2021140
Total Cites20160
Total Cites20178
Total Cites20182238
Total Cites20195255
Total Cites20208272
Total Cites20219519
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 document20160
External Cites per document20174.000
External Cites per document20189.435
External Cites per document201910.604
External Cites per document202012.028
External Cites per document202114.911
Cites per document20160.000
Cites per document20174.000
Cites per document20187.038
Cites per document20198.097
Cites per document20208.819
Cites per document202110.708
% 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 documents20160
Non-citable documents20170
Non-citable documents201888
Non-citable documents2019162
Non-citable documents2020262
Non-citable documents2021260
Citable documents20160
Citable documents20172
Citable documents2018230
Citable documents2019487
Citable documents2020676
Citable documents2021629
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 documents20160
Uncited documents20171
Uncited documents201875
Uncited documents2019133
Uncited documents2020228
Uncited documents2021196
Cited documents20160
Cited documents20171
Cited documents2018243
Cited documents2019516
Cited documents2020710
Cited documents2021693
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