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PLoS Computational Biologyopen access


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

Subject Area and Category


Public Library of Science



Publication type



15537358, 1553734X





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PLOS Computational Biology features works of exceptional significance that further our understanding of living systems at all scales—from molecules and cells, to patient populations and ecosystems—through the application of computational methods. Readers include life and computational scientists, who can take the important findings presented here to the next level of discovery. Research articles must be declared as belonging to a relevant section. More information about the sections can be found in the submission guidelines. Research articles should model aspects of biological systems, demonstrate both methodological and scientific novelty, and provide profound new biological insights. Generally, reliability and significance of biological discovery through computation should be validated and enriched by experimental studies. Inclusion of experimental validation is not required for publication, but should be referenced where possible. Inclusion of experimental validation of a modest biological discovery through computation does not render a manuscript suitable for PLOS Computational Biology. Research articles specifically designated as Methods papers should describe outstanding methods of exceptional importance that have been shown, or have the promise to provide new biological insights. The method must already be widely adopted, or have the promise of wide adoption by a broad community of users. Enhancements to existing published methods will only be considered if those enhancements bring exceptional new capabilities. 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.

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2006Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2007Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2008Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2009Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2010Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2011Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2012Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2013Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2014Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2015Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2016Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2017Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2018Q1
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience2019Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2006Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2007Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2008Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2009Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2010Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2011Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2012Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2013Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2014Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2015Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2016Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2017Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2018Q1
Computational Theory and Mathematics2019Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2006Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2007Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2008Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2009Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2010Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2011Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2012Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2013Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2014Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2015Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2016Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2017Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2018Q1
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics2019Q1
Modeling and Simulation2006Q1
Modeling and Simulation2007Q1
Modeling and Simulation2008Q1
Modeling and Simulation2009Q1
Modeling and Simulation2010Q1
Modeling and Simulation2011Q1
Modeling and Simulation2012Q1
Modeling and Simulation2013Q1
Modeling and Simulation2014Q1
Modeling and Simulation2015Q1
Modeling and Simulation2016Q1
Modeling and Simulation2017Q1
Modeling and Simulation2018Q1
Modeling and Simulation2019Q1
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

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)20050.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20064.348
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20075.685
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20086.529
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20096.314
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20106.650
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20116.605
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20126.783
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20136.477
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20145.749
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20155.627
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20165.259
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20175.122
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20185.229
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20195.135
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20050.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20064.348
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20075.685
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20086.529
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20096.301
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20106.331
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20116.390
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20126.535
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20135.938
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20145.582
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20155.406
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20165.051
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20174.987
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20184.808
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20195.054
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20050.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20064.348
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20075.685
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20086.450
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20095.594
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20105.867
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20116.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20125.639
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20135.490
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20145.196
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20155.101
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20164.805
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20174.355
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20184.571
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20194.801
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 Cites20050
Self Cites200621
Self Cites20077
Self Cites2008152
Self Cites2009197
Self Cites2010252
Self Cites2011287
Self Cites2012368
Self Cites2013406
Self Cites2014417
Self Cites2015433
Self Cites2016396
Self Cites2017392
Self Cites2018365
Self Cites2019454
Total Cites20050
Total Cites2006300
Total Cites20071211
Total Cites20082814
Total Cites20094039
Total Cites20105483
Total Cites20116761
Total Cites20127764
Total Cites20137915
Total Cites20148189
Total Cites20158811
Total Cites20168682
Total Cites20178662
Total Cites20188376
Total Cites20198501
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 document20050
External Cites per document20064.043
External Cites per document20075.653
External Cites per document20086.176
External Cites per document20095.994
External Cites per document20106.040
External Cites per document20116.119
External Cites per document20126.226
External Cites per document20135.633
External Cites per document20145.298
External Cites per document20155.140
External Cites per document20164.820
External Cites per document20174.761
External Cites per document20184.599
External Cites per document20194.784
Cites per document20050.000
Cites per document20064.348
Cites per document20075.685
Cites per document20086.529
Cites per document20096.301
Cites per document20106.331
Cites per document20116.390
Cites per document20126.535
Cites per document20135.938
Cites per document20145.582
Cites per document20155.406
Cites per document20165.051
Cites per document20174.987
Cites per document20184.808
Cites per document20195.054
% 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 documents20050
Non-citable documents20066
Non-citable documents200731
Non-citable documents200862
Non-citable documents200964
Non-citable documents201046
Non-citable documents201118
Non-citable documents201219
Non-citable documents201322
Non-citable documents201428
Non-citable documents201553
Non-citable documents201686
Non-citable documents201797
Non-citable documents2018122
Non-citable documents2019122
Citable documents20050
Citable documents200669
Citable documents2007213
Citable documents2008431
Citable documents2009641
Citable documents2010866
Citable documents20111058
Citable documents20121188
Citable documents20131333
Citable documents20141467
Citable documents20151630
Citable documents20161719
Citable documents20171737
Citable documents20181742
Citable documents20191682
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 documents20050
Uncited documents200613
Uncited documents200739
Uncited documents200868
Uncited documents200990
Uncited documents2010100
Uncited documents201175
Uncited documents201293
Uncited documents2013103
Uncited documents2014143
Uncited documents2015192
Uncited documents2016222
Uncited documents2017227
Uncited documents2018281
Uncited documents2019258
Cited documents20050
Cited documents200662
Cited documents2007205
Cited documents2008425
Cited documents2009615
Cited documents2010812
Cited documents20111001
Cited documents20121114
Cited documents20131252
Cited documents20141352
Cited documents20151491
Cited documents20161583
Cited documents20171607
Cited documents20181583
Cited documents20191546
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