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ACM Journals Score High in Survey of Technical Research Publications

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The Association for Computing Machinery

Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

Contact:            Virginia Gold

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For Immediate Release

ACM JOURNALS SCORE HIGH IN SURVEY OF TECHNICAL RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

 

New York, October 2, 2007 –  In the Thomson Scientific Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) survey of the world’s most highly cited, peer-reviewed technology publications, ACM’s journals took first, second, and third place in the Software Engineering category, which ranked 82 journalsIn addition, the Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery (JACM) and Communications of the ACM (CACM) placed second and eighth, respectively, in the Hardware & Architecture category, which ranked 44 journals.  In all, ACM journals ranked first in three categories, second in two categories, and third in two categories. The 2006 ISI Journal Citations Report is published by Thomson Scientific and was released in June 2007.  It presents statistical data that provides a systematic, objective way to evaluate the world’s leading journals and their influence in the global research community.

            “These impressive rankings improve on last year’s record of excellence, and demonstrate the high standards that distinguish ACM’s scholarly journals in the computing field,” said Stuart Feldman, president of ACM. “The original research and creativity found in these ACM journals can be accessed from ACM’s renowned Digital Library.  By capturing perspectives from the world’s leading thinkers, they offer the critical resources that will enable the technical community to sustain innovation and advances that benefit society.”

            In the Software Engineering field, the top three journals were ACM Transactions on Graphics (ToG), for the second year in a row; Journal of the ACM (JACM), which moved up from fourth to second; and Transactions on Database Systems (TODS), which rose to third from eighth placeIn addition, Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM) placed ninth out of the 82 journals rankedIn the Information Systems category, ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS) garnered the number one ranking out of 87 journals, climbing up from second place. In the Theory and Methods field, ACM Computing Surveys was the top-rated journal for the second year in a row.

            The Thomson Scientific Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) ratings measure an “impact factor,” defined as the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year.  The ISI Impact Factor rating for 2006 is a ratio between the number of citations in 2005 in a given journal and the journal’s total citations for 2004 and 2005.

Highlights from the 2006 Journal Citation Report:

Software Engineering: Seven ACM journals are ranked in the top 20 out of 82 journals indexed.

            - Transactions on Graphics – ToG (1)

            - Journal of the ACM – JACM (2)

            - Transactions on Database Systems – TODS (3)

            - Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology - TOSEM (9)

            - Communications of the ACM – CACM (12)

            - Special Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD) Record (13)

            - Transactions on Mathematical Software – TOMS) (18)

Information Systems: Four ACM journals ranked in the top 15 out of 87 journals indexed.

            - Transactions on Information Systems – TOIS (1)

            - Very Large Database Journal – VLDB* (5)

            - Journal of the ACM – JACM (6)

            - Transactions on Database Systems – TODS (11)

Hardware and Architecture: Three ACM journals are ranked in the top 10 out of 44 journals indexed.

            - Very Large Database Journal – VLDB* (1)

            - Journal of the ACM – JACM (2)

            - Communications of the ACM – CACM (8)

 Theory and Methods: Five ACM journals are ranked in the top 15 out of 75 journals indexed.

            - ACM Computing Surveys – ACS (1)

            - Journal of the ACM – JACM (3)

            - IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking – TON (8)

            - Communications of the ACM – CACM (10)

            - Transactions on Computer Systems - ToCS (12)

In addition, of the 87 journals published in the Interdisciplinary category, ACM/IEEE Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB) ranked tenth.

 

*This journal is available from the ACM Digital Library but is not published by ACM

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery http://www.acm.org, is an educational and scientific society uniting the world’s computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

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