Latest Impact Factors Released

Posted 20 June 2016 by NISC under Announcements & Notices
Latest Impact Factors Released

13 June 2016 saw Thomson Reuters announce the latest update of its Journal Citation Report (JCR), the world’s most influential resource for evaluation peer-reviewed publications and the source of annual journal metrics, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF).

While there are many competing metrics, the JIF remains the most prestigious and widely understood metric, counting citations in prominent journals.

The JCR is eagerly anticipated annually by publishers and editors. At NISC we have a long term outlook on journal metrics, including the Impact Factor. We aim for steady improvement instead of instability. While individual Impact Factors do fluctuate we are pleased that in recent years we have seen consistent improvement across our range of titles. 


Average % Increase of IF Across NISC Journals 2012-2013 JCR 2013-2014 JCR 2014-2015 JCR
Impact Factor 32.54% 35.54% 29.35%
5-year Impact Factor  29.32% 9.80% 35.65%

The following journals were among those showing significant improvement:  

Journal 2yr IF 5yr IF
African Journal of Aquatic Science  0.806 0.752
African Journal of Marine Science  1.058 1.243
African Journal of Range & Forage Science 1.250 1.063
African Zoology 0.739 0.967
Anthropology Southern Africa 0.200 0.254
Investment Analysts Journal 0.538 0.833
Journal of Psychology in Africa  0.207 0.261
Quaestiones Mathematicae 0.810 0.570
Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies  0.188 0.368

*Information included in this article comes directly from the official Thomson Reuters Press Release & latest Statistical Data.

Perhaps the most important change, in terms of bringing the Journal to a wider audience, has been its publishing in collaboration with the NISC (Pty) Ltd.
- Stan Pillar, Editor of the African Journal of Marine Science (1996-2013)
Since 1995, NISC has systematically built up competence and the necessary capacity in all aspects of publishing high-level research journals, with the professionalism needed to flourish in the increasingly competitive world of international research publications. No other publisher in South Africa commands the necessary technical skills, experience, competence, enthusiasm and resources to the same degree as NISC, in my view.
- Graham Baker, Editor of the South African Journal of Science (1973-2008)
The review process is quick and is being done within the reasonable time. After acceptance, NISC is also quick enough to send proofs and is very efficiently publishes the accepted paper online before its print version.

- Author - Southern Forests: A Journal of Forest Science
It has been an enriching experience working with such enthusiastic and professional people at NISC who have become more friends than business partners over the years.
- Stan Pillar, Editor of the African Journal of Marine Science (1996-2013)
The paper was wonderfully laid out and rapidly published
- Author- Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology