Impact factor of animal increases again

14 Jul 2020



animal: an International Journal of Animal Biosciences has been recognised with a 2019 Impact Factor of 2.400 (Clarivate Analytics), ranking 9/63 in the Agriculture, Dairy and Animal Science category and 11/142 in the Veterinary Science category.

The journal has continued to gather momentum, with the IF increasing year-on-year for three consecutive years, with total citations increasing since 2015.

The IF is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year and is used to measure the importance or rank of a journal. The rise in IF is an encouraging and significant indicator of how the journal is performing and comes ahead of further developments for the journal.  This is also coupled with the high downloading rate of the articles published by animal which shows that their content is of high interest to readership.

From 1st January 2021 animal moves to a gold open access model and engages in Open Science with a new publisher, Elsevier.

animal is owned by a consortium of learned societies and research institutes who believe in and promote responsible publishing. Benefits derived from the journal are reinvested in science, organising conferences, offering grants to early career scientists and funding research projects. animal is a central element in a collaboration between the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) and the European Federation for Animal Science (EAAP).

Liam Sinclair from BSAS and a member of the animal management board said ‘I am delighted to see that the impact factor for animal continues to increase. The result confirms animal as one of the most prestigious journals within agriculture, dairy and animal science, and places it in an excellent position as it makes the exciting transition into Open Access. I would also like to thank the editors and reviewers of the journal for their hard work and dedication in achieving this excellent result.’

animal publishes the best, innovative and cutting-edge science that relates to animals (farmed or managed) used for animal production, and that is relevant to whole animal outcomes, and/or to animal management practices. The rise in IF provides a strong basis to continue to develop and improve the journal.

Isabelle Ortigues-Marty, Editor-in-Chief said ‘animal is showing constant growth in size and quality. In 2019, the journal published 362 peer-reviewed research and review articles, including articles from major International Conferences, covering disciplinary and multidisciplinary research from all continents.

The journal is engaged in improving the transparency and the reproducibility of published research, defending values of scientific excellence and ethics.

We aim to publish novel and original research papers, horizon-scanning reviews and critically informative opinion papers.  

I warmly thank the editorial board, the reviewers and the authors for their active involvement and their hard work towards the improvement of animal.’

You can find out more about the flip to Open Access, and the IF, with more details about how to submit articles to animal here