Impact factor Annals of Botany’s impact factor just increased to 4.03.

If I listen care­fully, I can hear the thou­sands of people who read this blog yawn­ing. And indeed, why should you care?

Although there are lots of cri­ti­cisms of the way impact factors are cal­cu­lated, and new ways of meas­ur­ing the import­ance of journ­als and art­icles are being devised, right now, the impact factor is the most widely used, there­fore argu­ably the “best” meas­ure­ment of qual­ity we have at present. And what the 2012 impact factors tell you is that Annals of Botany is in the top 10% of all plant sci­ences journ­als world­wide. And that is inter­est­ing because what you read here and in the journal is the very best of cur­rent research.

AJ Cann. ORCID 0000-0002-9014-3720

Alan Cann is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester and formerly Internet Consulting Editor for AoB.

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