Citation Rates Surge for Computer Society Publications

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 8 July, 2009 – The IEEE Computer Society’s technical magazines and journals saw their influence grow significantly over the last year, with significant impact factor increases reported throughout the Society’s stable of high-quality, peer-reviewed technical publications.

IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence was ranked No. 1 in electrical engineering and artificial intelligence, was one of the top-10-ranked computer science titles, and was the overall top-ranked IEEE and CS journal. It has maintained its position as the Computer Society’s most-often-cited journal, achieving a 2008 impact factor of 5.96, compared with 3.579 in 2007, according to the Journal Citation Reports. The monthly TPAMI covers traditional areas of computer vision and image understanding, all traditional areas of pattern analysis and recognition, and selected areas of machine intelligence.

IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering was one of the top-10-ranked computer science-software engineering titles. It was also the second-most-cited Computer Society journal. Its impact factor rose to 3.569 in 2008, up from 2.105 in 2007. The bi-monthly TSE covers well-defined theoretical results and empirical studies that have potential impact on the construction, analysis, or management of software.

IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing was one of the top-10-ranked information systems and telecommunications titles. It was also the third-most-cited Computer Society journal, earning a 2008 impact factor of 3.352, compared with a 2007 impact factor of 1.716. The co-sponsored TMC focuses on the key technical issues related to architectures, support services, algorithm/protocol design and analysis, mobile environments, mobile communication systems, applications, components, and more for mobile computing.

IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics was one of the top-10-ranked computer science-software engineering titles. Its impact factor rose to 2.445, up from 1.6 in 2007. The bi-monthly TVCG publishes research on subjects related to computer graphics and visualization techniques, systems, software, hardware, and user interface issues.

“These most welcome increases demonstrate the strength of the Computer Society’s magazine and transactions publishing program, even in the face of dramatic changes in reading habits as people look increasingly to online access,” said Sorel Reisman, the Computer Society’s Vice President, Publications. “These results are a testament to the fine work our editorial boards and authors continue to do in advancing our profession, and to the hard-working staff who supports them.”

The influence of other Computer Society research journals also experienced a surge in the JCR rankings last year. The 2008 impact factors for other listed Computer Society technical journals were:

• IEEE-ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics—2.093, up from 1.161 the previous year
• IEEE Transactions on Computers—2.611, compared with 1.68 in 2007
• IEEE Transactions on Knowledge & Data Engineering—2.236, up from 1.896 in 2007
• IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems—1.916, up from 1.146 previously
• IEEE Transactions on Multimedia—2.288, compared with 1.518 in 2007
• IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking—2.576, up from 1.831 in 2007

The impact factor for Computer, the Society’s flagship magazine, increased to 2.093, up from 1.367 and the highest level since 2000. The 2008 impact factors for other listed Computer Society magazines were:

• Computing in Science & Engineering—0.973, a rise from 0.714 the previous year
• IEEE Annals of the History of Computing—0.34, the same as in 2007
• IEEE Design & Test of Computers—1.785, compared with 1.309 in 2007
• IEEE Intelligent Systems—2.278, an increase from 1.438 the previous year
• IEEE Internet Computing—2.309, up from 1.551 in 2007
• IEEE Micro—2.565, up from 1.701 the previous year
• IEEE Multimedia— 2.258, compared with 1.19 in 2007
• IEEE Pervasive Computing—2.615, compared with 2.293 in the previous year
• IEEE Security & Privacy—0.803, same as in 2007
• IEEE Software—2.099, compared with 1.462 in 2007

The Journal Citation Reports metrics have come to define journal performance across disciplines and institutions worldwide. JCR presents quantitative data that provide an objective way to evaluate the world’s leading journals and their impact and influence in the global research community. By compiling articles’ cited references, JCR helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals.

“The research community anticipates the annual release of JCR as it always means new discovery,” said James Testa, senior director, Editorial Development and Publisher Relations at Thomson Reuters.

JCR covers more than 8,000 of the world’s most highly cited, peer-reviewed journals from 66 nations. The production of the 2008 JCR included the analysis of more than 44 million cited references from journals, and proceedings.

About the Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 310,000 articles from 3,300 conference proceedings, 250 conference publications, and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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