The Wildlife Society’s three journals all saw increases in their impact factors, according to the 2021 Journal Citation Reports.
The impact factor is a commonly used metric to assess journal quality, based on how often an average journal article is cited in a particular year. While it is just one way TWS assesses the influence of its journals, it is the most widely used measure in academia.
Each of TWS’ journals saw an increase. The Journal of Wildlife Management’s impact factor increased from 2.469 to 2.586. The Wildlife Society Bulletin’s impact factor rose from 1.583 to 1.739. Wildlife Monographs’ impact factor went up to 5.400 from 2.600.
The Wildlife Society is continuing to look at how to increase the rigor, quality and reach of its journals. For example, beginning in January, the Wildlife Society Bulletin will be fully open access, making its articles on wildlife management and conservation more easily available to the public.