Scimago Journal & Country Rank

Physical Review Letters

CountryUnited States
H Index
Subject Area and CategoryPhysics and Astronomy
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
PublisherAmerican Physical Society
Publication typeJournals
ISSN10797114, 00319007
Scope In the late 1950"s, Editor Sam Goudsmit decided to collect the Letters to the Editor of the Physical Review into a new standalone journal entitled Physical Review Letters (PRL). PRL featured short, important papers from all branches of physics, and quickly assumed a place among the most prestigious publications in any scientific discipline. Today PRL is the world"s foremost physics letters journal, providing rapid publication of short reports of significant fundamental research in all fields of physics. International in scope, the journal provides its diverse readership with weekly coverage of major advances in physics and cross disciplinary developments. (source)

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.

Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)1997Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)1998Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)1999Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2000Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2001Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2002Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2003Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2004Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2005Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2006Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2007Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2008Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2009Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2010Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2011Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2012Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2013Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2014Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2015Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2016Q1

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)19995.908
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20006.346
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20016.697
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20026.818
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20036.636
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20046.826
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20057.522
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20067.487
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20077.312
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20087.222
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20097.299
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20107.433
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20117.622
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20127.891
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20137.885
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20147.532
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20156.454
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20166.382
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19995.908
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20006.412
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20016.919
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20027.003
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20036.733
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20046.888
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20057.703
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20067.635
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20077.362
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20087.251
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20097.391
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20107.620
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20117.814
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20128.076
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20138.089
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20147.559
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20156.571
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20166.568
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19995.799
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20006.478
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20016.992
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20026.981
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20036.644
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20046.931
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20057.838
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20067.502
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20077.216
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20087.187
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20097.476
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20107.705
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20117.754
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20128.143
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20138.045
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20147.501
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20156.670
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20166.708
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 Cites19994943
Self Cites20005206
Self Cites20015887
Self Cites20025865
Self Cites20035673
Self Cites20046725
Self Cites20057563
Self Cites20067706
Self Cites20077946
Self Cites20088084
Self Cites20097167
Self Cites20106474
Self Cites20116253
Self Cites20127509
Self Cites20137837
Self Cites20146293
Self Cites20155295
Self Cites20164872
Total Cites199946439
Total Cites200051322
Total Cites200157839
Total Cites200260561
Total Cites200360485
Total Cites200462773
Total Cites200574007
Total Cites200678933
Total Cites200782114
Total Cites200880494
Total Cites200983905
Total Cites201084214
Total Cites201183269
Total Cites201280338
Total Cites201383326
Total Cites201481783
Total Cites201567911
Total Cites201659392
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 document19995.279
External Cites per document20005.762
External Cites per document20016.215
External Cites per document20026.325
External Cites per document20036.101
External Cites per document20046.150
External Cites per document20056.916
External Cites per document20066.890
External Cites per document20076.649
External Cites per document20086.523
External Cites per document20096.760
External Cites per document20107.035
External Cites per document20117.227
External Cites per document20127.321
External Cites per document20137.328
External Cites per document20146.978
External Cites per document20156.059
External Cites per document20166.030
Cites per document19995.908
Cites per document20006.412
Cites per document20016.919
Cites per document20027.003
Cites per document20036.733
Cites per document20046.888
Cites per document20057.703
Cites per document20067.635
Cites per document20077.362
Cites per document20087.251
Cites per document20097.391
Cites per document20107.620
Cites per document20117.814
Cites per document20128.076
Cites per document20138.089
Cites per document20147.559
Cites per document20156.571
Cites per document20166.568
% 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 documents19998
Non-citable documents200030
Non-citable documents200139
Non-citable documents2002197
Non-citable documents2003332
Non-citable documents2004494
Non-citable documents2005533
Non-citable documents2006535
Non-citable documents2007584
Non-citable documents2008634
Non-citable documents2009653
Non-citable documents2010591
Non-citable documents2011508
Non-citable documents2012499
Non-citable documents2013485
Non-citable documents2014485
Non-citable documents2015415
Non-citable documents2016357
Citable documents19997860
Citable documents20008004
Citable documents20018359
Citable documents20028648
Citable documents20038984
Citable documents20049113
Citable documents20059607
Citable documents200610338
Citable documents200711154
Citable documents200811101
Citable documents200911352
Citable documents201011051
Citable documents201110657
Citable documents20129948
Citable documents201310301
Citable documents201410819
Citable documents201510335
Citable documents20169042
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 documents1999810
Uncited documents2000779
Uncited documents2001765
Uncited documents2002998
Uncited documents20031179
Uncited documents20041239
Uncited documents20051010
Uncited documents20061070
Uncited documents20071245
Uncited documents20081202
Uncited documents20091218
Uncited documents20101168
Uncited documents20111089
Uncited documents2012982
Uncited documents2013975
Uncited documents20141006
Uncited documents20151190
Uncited documents20161030
Cited documents19997058
Cited documents20007255
Cited documents20017633
Cited documents20027847
Cited documents20038137
Cited documents20048368
Cited documents20059130
Cited documents20069803
Cited documents200710493
Cited documents200810533
Cited documents200910787
Cited documents201010474
Cited documents201110076
Cited documents20129465
Cited documents20139811
Cited documents201410298
Cited documents20159560
Cited documents20168369
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