Finally, the Journal Citation Reports has published the impact factors for ISI indexed journals. As in a similar post one year ago, I discuss the impact factors for macroeconomic journals. I presented the impact factors for both 2012 and 2013 (that is, published in 2013 and 2014, respectively).
American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics: 3.191 2.88
Journal of Monetary Economics: 1.649 2.06
Review of Economic Dynamics: 1.602 1.74
Journal of Money Credit and Banking: 1.104 0.95
Journal of Economics Dynamics & Control: 0.807 1.057
Macroeconomic Dynamics: 0.42 0.91
Journal of Macroeconomics: 0.60 0.60
BE Journal of Macroeconomics: 0.25 0.29
A few comments are worth mentioning. We see first that the IF for AEJ Macroeconomics declined further. This is rather an expected phenomenon as newly launched journals tend to attract big names for their first articles (which is specifically relevant for AEJ Macroeconomics), which strongly distorts the IF in the first years (actually, I predicted this in the previous blog post).
Journal of Monetary Economics remains the second, however the gap between the first two narrows down. As the editorial management improved vastly recently, expect further increases in the impact factor.
The first two journal are seen as the top fields, while the next 4 are generally seen as a part of the second tier group. Here we see Review of Economic Dynamics rising further and consolidating its position as the third top journal. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking and Journal of Economics Dynamics & Control have pretty much similar impact factors. They tend to vary around 0.9-1.1. Macroeconomic Dynamics is the only journal with a relatively significant change, its impact factor climbing to 0.91 from 0.42. Nevertheless, it is generally seen as the weakest from the second tier journals.
Finally, the third tier journals, Journal of Macroeconomics and BE Journal of Macroeconomics have kept rather constant impact factors. Expect BE Journal of Macroeconomics to further improve its impact factor.