Impact Factors of Psychology Journals (2013)

To help you find a home for your next manuscript, here is the most recent list of psychology journal impact factors (as reported by the 2011 Journal Citation Reports Social Sciences Edition). Journals with higher impact factors are generally regarded as higher quality journals. I have broken down this list by general psychology journals and journals most relevant to psychology and law. Note that journals that were established since 2011 will not be included in this list since they have not had enough time to obtain a rating. Also, research focusing on psychology and law issues can be published in various other journals that are not listed here, including legal journals, criminology journals, and specialized psychological journals.

For your convenience, the author submission websites for each journal are also linked below.

What is an impact factor?

A journal Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year.

The Impact Factor is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years. An Impact Factor of 1.0 means that, on average, the articles published one or two year ago have been cited one time. An Impact Factor of 2.5 means that, on average, the articles published one or two year ago have been cited two and a half times. The citing works may be articles published in the same journal. However, most citing works are from different journals, proceedings, or books indexed by Web of Science. 

General Psychology Journal Impact Factors

Impact Factors of Psychology and Law Journals

*This article was written by Julia Shaw.