Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2016, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (12): 1785-1791.doi: 10.1007/s11442-016-1358-0

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Impact analysis of the Journal of Geographical Sciences during 2009-2015

Xinfang YU(), Xin ZHAO   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2016-09-10 Accepted:2016-10-08 Published:2016-12-22
  • About author:

    Author: Yu Xinfang (1978-), PhD, specialized in editing and research on geographical journals. E-mail:

  • Supported by:
    Project for Enhancing International Impact of China STM Journals;Outstanding Journals of Science and Technology Project of China Association for Science and Technology


Based on Journal Citation ReportsTM, Web of Science, Springer data and manuscript statistical data, we analyzed the citation indices of the Journal of Geographical Sciences (JGS) from 2009 to 2015. The main indices include the number and proportion of international manuscripts, published articles, downloads, impact factors, total cites, cited journals, citing journals, and highly cited papers. Up to 2015, the JGS had received manuscripts from authors in 80 countries and published papers from authors in 32 countries. The citation indices of JGS show increasing trends in the last seven years. The impact factor of the JGS increased from 0.518 in 2009 to 1.923 in 2015. Total cites increased from 157 in 2009 to 1276 in 2015. The international full-text downloads of the JGS increased year by year, and the number of downloads in 2015 was about three times that of 2009. The published papers were considered to be influential. The results of this study provide scientific guidance for the development of the Journal of Geographical Sciences and can be used to improve the quality of other Chinese geographical journals.

Key words: Journal of Geographical Sciences, impact factor, total cites, cited journal, citing journal