The latest edition of Journal Citation Reports® 2019 was recently released, and according to the report, SPE’s peer-reviewed journals have significantly improved their impact factors. This is the first time that all of SPE's journals had an impact factor greater than 1.
Impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited by other articles in the prior year. It is used to measure the relative importance of a journal within its field. More citations reflects that other authors found the materials to be relevant, useful, and foundational for their own work.
SPE Journal is leading the list with an impact factor of 3.095, which is the second highest among the key journals where petroleum engineering-related content is published. Impact factor is important for academics—being accepted for publication in higher impact journals confers added status and exposure to their research.
|SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering||1.807|
|SPE Production and Operations||1.595|
|SPE Drilling & Completion||1.327|
Wondering why the Journal of Petroleum Technology isn't on the list? JPT used to publish peer reviewed papers. When it moved to publishing synopses of technical papers in 1996, SPE elected to retain the name of the publication, which was first published in 1949. Since 1996, JPT has been a magazine, not a journal in the formal, peer-reviewed sense of the word.