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Physical Review Letters

Country United States  - SIR icon SIR Ranking of United States
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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.


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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)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
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2017Q1

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)19996.092
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20006.694
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20017.462
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20027.638
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20036.212
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20045.314
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20055.497
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20065.896
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20076.346
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20087.061
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20097.387
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20107.488
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20117.718
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20128.037
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20137.994
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20147.881
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20157.480
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20167.780
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20177.394
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19996.092
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20006.717
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20017.787
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20027.679
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20036.058
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20044.970
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20055.592
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20066.310
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20077.143
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20087.276
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20097.479
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20107.675
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20117.917
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20128.209
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20138.191
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20147.905
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20157.600
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20168.002
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20177.818
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19995.934
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20006.850
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20017.916
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20027.416
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20035.455
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20044.778
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20055.881
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20067.154
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20077.243
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20087.206
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20097.571
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20107.766
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20117.851
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20128.275
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20138.134
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20147.850
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20157.697
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20168.140
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20178.012
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 Cites19995408
Self Cites20005718
Self Cites20017993
Self Cites20028770
Self Cites20039010
Self Cites20047496
Self Cites20057549
Self Cites20067705
Self Cites20077951
Self Cites20088086
Self Cites20097191
Self Cites20106481
Self Cites20116259
Self Cites20127521
Self Cites20137843
Self Cites20146299
Self Cites20155495
Self Cites20164951
Self Cites20174829
Total Cites199950003
Total Cites200057142
Total Cites200168511
Total Cites200277043
Total Cites200370504
Total Cites200467035
Total Cites200574313
Total Cites200679257
Total Cites200782392
Total Cites200880698
Total Cites200984896
Total Cites201084868
Total Cites201184440
Total Cites201281730
Total Cites201384362
Total Cites201485331
Total Cites201578268
Total Cites201671921
Total Cites201759924
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 document19995.433
External Cites per document20006.045
External Cites per document20016.879
External Cites per document20026.805
External Cites per document20035.284
External Cites per document20044.414
External Cites per document20055.024
External Cites per document20065.697
External Cites per document20076.453
External Cites per document20086.547
External Cites per document20096.846
External Cites per document20107.089
External Cites per document20117.330
External Cites per document20127.454
External Cites per document20137.430
External Cites per document20147.321
External Cites per document20157.067
External Cites per document20167.451
External Cites per document20177.188
Cites per document19996.092
Cites per document20006.717
Cites per document20017.787
Cites per document20027.679
Cites per document20036.058
Cites per document20044.970
Cites per document20055.592
Cites per document20066.310
Cites per document20077.143
Cites per document20087.276
Cites per document20097.479
Cites per document20107.675
Cites per document20117.917
Cites per document20128.209
Cites per document20138.191
Cites per document20147.905
Cites per document20157.600
Cites per document20168.002
Cites per document20177.818
% 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 documents1999511
Non-citable documents2000333
Non-citable documents2001413
Non-citable documents2002467
Non-citable documents2003740
Non-citable documents2004855
Non-citable documents2005855
Non-citable documents2006662
Non-citable documents2007607
Non-citable documents2008634
Non-citable documents2009653
Non-citable documents2010594
Non-citable documents2011511
Non-citable documents2012503
Non-citable documents2013489
Non-citable documents2014489
Non-citable documents2015418
Non-citable documents2016362
Non-citable documents2017327
Citable documents19998208
Citable documents20008507
Citable documents20018798
Citable documents200210033
Citable documents200311638
Citable documents200413489
Citable documents200513289
Citable documents200612560
Citable documents200711535
Citable documents200811091
Citable documents200911351
Citable documents201011057
Citable documents201110666
Citable documents20129956
Citable documents201310299
Citable documents201410795
Citable documents201510298
Citable documents20168988
Citable documents20177665
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 documents19991240
Uncited documents20001154
Uncited documents20011185
Uncited documents20022337
Uncited documents20034070
Uncited documents20045891
Uncited documents20054949
Uncited documents20063378
Uncited documents20071646
Uncited documents20081187
Uncited documents20091198
Uncited documents20101153
Uncited documents20111062
Uncited documents2012966
Uncited documents2013958
Uncited documents2014935
Uncited documents2015988
Uncited documents2016790
Uncited documents2017755
Cited documents19997479
Cited documents20007686
Cited documents20018026
Cited documents20028163
Cited documents20038308
Cited documents20048453
Cited documents20059195
Cited documents20069844
Cited documents200710496
Cited documents200810538
Cited documents200910806
Cited documents201010498
Cited documents201110115
Cited documents20129493
Cited documents20139830
Cited documents201410349
Cited documents20159728
Cited documents20168560
Cited documents20177237
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