Journal Cost-Effectiveness 2013

Use this search engine to find internationally-published journals and rank them by price per article or citation. Here are some summary statistics for this edition. If you wish, you can also download an Excel spreadsheet that contains all of our data. You can find explanations of our data sources and methods at this link.


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Format results as tab-delimited text for saving or copying to Excel. Do not paste directly into wordpad or excel. Copying and then pasting into notepad, saving the page as a text file, or using "paste special" in wordpad, should work. You can download the full database in excel format, including past years.

More information about journal pricing is available at Ted Bergstrom's Journal Page. Also see our sibling EigenFactor.Org and our project on Big Deal Contracts. Here are some of our opinions.

This website represents our best attempt to compute the price per article and price per citation. Currently we use the ISI data for citations 2007-11 and 2013 prices, which are the most recent data available to us. Not all journals report information the same way, and errors are possible. You can report errors by writing to us. The coloration (red for very low value, yellow for low value, and green for good value) is computed by comparing the composite price index to the median for non-profit journals in the same subject.

Be advised that price per citation, price per article and the composite index are not perfect measures of value. Neither of us are experts in most of the fields represented, and others may reasonably, or unreasonably, disagree with the value assessment. We have mapped a large set of journal categories into 17 areas. Here is the full mapping.

Many journals that are published by large commercial publishers are owned by non-profit societies, who control the pricing. These publishers usually refuse to tell us which journals they own and which they publish for non-profits. We have determined the non-profit status of more than 100 such journals, but undoubtedly we have missed some. Please let us know about any that we have missed.

This is the sixth edition of journalprices.com. Here are summary statistics for current and previous years: 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, and 2003. An excel spreadsheet containing all of our data for these years is found here. Explanations of the methods and calculations used for current and previous editions are found at 2013, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

This site is maintained by Ted Bergstrom and Preston McAfee. It was originally constructed by Vera te Velde.