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.