High impact factors for MPG Open Access journals
Living Reviews physics journals leading in their categories
The open access physics journal Living Reviews in Relativity, published by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, again leads the category Physics, Particles & Fields in the 2012 Journal Citation Reports released by Thomson Reuters on June 19, 2013.
The open access review journal received an impact factor of 22.333, thus increasing last year’s performance and rising to #42 in JCR’s complete list of about 8000 indexed journals.
Living Reviews was initiated by Bernard Schutz in 1998. The concept of "living" overview articles makes use of the advantages of web-based electronic publishing to enable authors to incorporate current developments and research results by keeping information up-to-date. To guarantee a high standard of scientific quality, all authors are invited by an international panel of publishers and all articles are reviewed by experts.
The successful concept of Living Reviews in Relativity has been adopted by other publications in various fields ranging from astronomy to political sciences. At present, five Living Reviews journals are published by the Max Planck Society, the European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA), the ETH and University of Zurich and the Leibniz Association.