Cultural Anthropology’s Impact Factor Climbs

The 2015 edition of Journal Citation Reports, which is published annually by Thomson Reuters, ranked Cultural Anthropology ninth among 84 indexed anthropology journals, the highest ranking of any journal published by the American Anthropological Association. The journal’s impact factor, which reflects the average number of times that recently published articles have been cited, climbed from 1.789 in 2014 to 2.324 in 2015.

This year marked the first time that articles published since Cultural Anthropology went open-access in 2014 were used in the calculation of the journal’s impact factor, and the journal’s editorial team pointed to the latest data as evidence that readers in anthropology and beyond are discovering, accessing, and engaging with journal content. Ten complete issues of the journal are now freely available to read and download at the Cultural Anthropology website,

The journal’s five-year impact factor, which reflects citations of older articles and gives some indication of their staying power, also climbed from 2.628 in 2014 to 2.905 in 2015.

“Quantitative measures of journal quality have to be taken with a grain of salt,” said Dominic Boyer, Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and a member of the journal’s editorial collective. “Still, we’re pleased to see that our reach as a publication continues to grow. We credit our authors, peer reviewers, editorial board, production team, and the members of the Society for Cultural Anthropology for making the journal such a vibrant intellectual enterprise.”

Cultural Anthropology is the journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. Since 2015, the journal has been edited by Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, and Cymene Howe. It was first indexed in Journal Citation Reports in 1994.