Scimago Journal & Country Rank

PLoS Pathogensopen access

Country

United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

Subject Area and Category

Publisher

Public Library of Science

H-Index

206

Publication type

Journals

ISSN

15537366, 15537374

Coverage

2005-2020

Information

Homepage

How to publish in this journal

plospathogens@plos.org

Scope

Bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions and viruses cause a plethora of diseases that have important medical, agricultural, and economic consequences. Moreover, the study of microbes continues to provide novel insights into such fundamental processes as the molecular basis of cellular and organismal function. PLOS Pathogens reflects the full breadth of research in these areas by publishing outstanding original articles that significantly advance the understanding of pathogens and how they interact with their host organisms. Topics include (but are not limited to) adaptive and innate immune defenses as well as pathogen countermeasures, emerging pathogens, evolution, genomics and gene regulation, model host organisms, pathogen-cell biology, pathogenesis, prions, proteomics and signal transduction, rational vaccine design, structural biology, and virulence factors. The journal will not consider purely descriptive studies, such as those that solely identify a new genomic sequence of a related pathogen or a series of related pathogens, the isolation of pathogen variants, or a new strain or type based only on sequence analysis or correlative studies of host and pathogen genotypes. Genomics studies, which include functional predictions or inferences based on genome sequence analysis, will also require additional experimental validation that directly tests the prediction/inference and yields novel conclusions about mechanistic models or pathogenesis. Instances where inferences about potential functions can be supported by association studies of genotype-phenotype combined with existing functional data, may also be appropriate, pending approval by the editors. If a paper provides novel mechanistic insight but lacks functional validation, it may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Join the conversation about this journal
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
Genetics2006Q1
Genetics2007Q1
Genetics2008Q1
Genetics2009Q1
Genetics2010Q1
Genetics2011Q1
Genetics2012Q1
Genetics2013Q1
Genetics2014Q1
Genetics2015Q1
Genetics2016Q1
Genetics2017Q1
Genetics2018Q1
Genetics2019Q1
Genetics2020Q1
Immunology2006Q1
Immunology2007Q1
Immunology2008Q1
Immunology2009Q1
Immunology2010Q1
Immunology2011Q1
Immunology2012Q1
Immunology2013Q1
Immunology2014Q1
Immunology2015Q1
Immunology2016Q1
Immunology2017Q1
Immunology2018Q1
Immunology2019Q1
Immunology2020Q1
Microbiology2006Q1
Microbiology2007Q1
Microbiology2008Q1
Microbiology2009Q1
Microbiology2010Q1
Microbiology2011Q1
Microbiology2012Q1
Microbiology2013Q1
Microbiology2014Q1
Microbiology2015Q1
Microbiology2016Q1
Microbiology2017Q1
Microbiology2018Q1
Microbiology2019Q1
Microbiology2020Q1
Molecular Biology2006Q1
Molecular Biology2007Q1
Molecular Biology2008Q1
Molecular Biology2009Q1
Molecular Biology2010Q1
Molecular Biology2011Q1
Molecular Biology2012Q1
Molecular Biology2013Q1
Molecular Biology2014Q1
Molecular Biology2015Q1
Molecular Biology2016Q1
Molecular Biology2017Q1
Molecular Biology2018Q1
Molecular Biology2019Q1
Molecular Biology2020Q1
Parasitology2006Q1
Parasitology2007Q1
Parasitology2008Q1
Parasitology2009Q1
Parasitology2010Q1
Parasitology2011Q1
Parasitology2012Q1
Parasitology2013Q1
Parasitology2014Q1
Parasitology2015Q1
Parasitology2016Q1
Parasitology2017Q1
Parasitology2018Q1
Parasitology2019Q1
Parasitology2020Q1
Virology2006Q1
Virology2007Q1
Virology2008Q1
Virology2009Q1
Virology2010Q1
Virology2011Q1
Virology2012Q1
Virology2013Q1
Virology2014Q1
Virology2015Q1
Virology2016Q1
Virology2017Q1
Virology2018Q1
Virology2019Q1
Virology2020Q1
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
20063.145
20074.180
20083.771
20093.912
20104.859
20115.736
20125.051
20135.511
20145.324
20155.144
20164.736
20174.006
20183.909
20193.640
20203.719
Total Documents

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

YearDocuments
200540
2006108
2007185
2008286
2009459
2010538
2011552
2012637
2013737
2014683
2015707
2016676
2017647
2018575
2019543
2020713
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)20050.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20065.475
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20078.716
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20088.730
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20098.750
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20109.395
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20119.991
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20129.637
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20139.786
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20149.054
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20158.205
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20167.807
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20176.991
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20186.679
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20196.443
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20207.145
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20050.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20065.475
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20078.716
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20088.730
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20098.665
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20109.196
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20119.853
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20129.495
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20139.401
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20148.743
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20157.933
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20167.519
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20176.689
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20186.508
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20196.354
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20207.090
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20050.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20065.475
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20078.716
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20088.676
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20098.006
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20108.744
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20119.587
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20128.879
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20138.794
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20148.346
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20157.468
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20166.912
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20176.268
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20186.289
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20196.177
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20206.506
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 Cites20050
Self Cites200611
Self Cites200743
Self Cites2008106
Self Cites2009215
Self Cites2010391
Self Cites2011589
Self Cites2012685
Self Cites2013834
Self Cites2014762
Self Cites2015795
Self Cites2016678
Self Cites2017576
Self Cites2018518
Self Cites2019435
Self Cites2020438
Total Cites20050
Total Cites2006219
Total Cites20071290
Total Cites20082907
Total Cites20095017
Total Cites20108552
Total Cites201112641
Total Cites201214707
Total Cites201316235
Total Cites201416839
Total Cites201516319
Total Cites201615992
Total Cites201713819
Total Cites201813212
Total Cites201912059
Total Cites202012514
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 document20050
External Cites per document20065.943
External Cites per document20079.519
External Cites per document20089.124
External Cites per document20098.731
External Cites per document20109.098
External Cites per document20119.603
External Cites per document20129.171
External Cites per document20138.938
External Cites per document20148.347
External Cites per document20157.547
External Cites per document20167.220
External Cites per document20176.457
External Cites per document20186.322
External Cites per document20196.216
External Cites per document20206.944
Cites per document20050.000
Cites per document20065.475
Cites per document20078.716
Cites per document20088.730
Cites per document20098.665
Cites per document20109.196
Cites per document20119.853
Cites per document20129.495
Cites per document20139.401
Cites per document20148.743
Cites per document20157.933
Cites per document20167.519
Cites per document20176.689
Cites per document20186.508
Cites per document20196.354
Cites per document20207.090
% 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
200530.00
200635.19
200742.70
200839.16
200944.44
201044.42
201144.38
201242.07
201344.23
201442.61
201544.84
201647.04
201740.34
201843.65
201942.36
202040.39
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 documents20050
Non-citable documents20065
Non-citable documents200717
Non-citable documents200826
Non-citable documents200929
Non-citable documents201033
Non-citable documents201128
Non-citable documents201220
Non-citable documents20134
Non-citable documents20140
Non-citable documents20150
Non-citable documents20166
Non-citable documents201715
Non-citable documents201822
Non-citable documents201928
Non-citable documents202026
Citable documents20050
Citable documents200635
Citable documents2007131
Citable documents2008307
Citable documents2009550
Citable documents2010897
Citable documents20111255
Citable documents20121529
Citable documents20131723
Citable documents20141926
Citable documents20152057
Citable documents20162121
Citable documents20172051
Citable documents20182008
Citable documents20191870
Citable documents20201739
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 documents20050
Uncited documents20064
Uncited documents20079
Uncited documents200816
Uncited documents200921
Uncited documents201014
Uncited documents201130
Uncited documents201240
Uncited documents201338
Uncited documents201438
Uncited documents201551
Uncited documents201670
Uncited documents2017107
Uncited documents2018117
Uncited documents2019115
Uncited documents2020111
Cited documents20050
Cited documents200636
Cited documents2007139
Cited documents2008317
Cited documents2009558
Cited documents2010916
Cited documents20111253
Cited documents20121509
Cited documents20131689
Cited documents20141888
Cited documents20152006
Cited documents20162057
Cited documents20171959
Cited documents20181913
Cited documents20191783
Cited documents20201654
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