Estuaries and Coasts as an outlet for research in coastal ecosystems: A bibliometric study

James W. Fourqurean, Carlos M. Duarte, Mark D. Kershaw, Stephen T. Threlkeld

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Recent changes in the editorial leadership, name, content, and publishing process for Estuaries and Coasts and looming changes in scientific publishing as technology advances have provided an opportunity to assess the health and examine the growth in size and reputation of the journal. Estuaries and Coasts has grown in size by about fourfold, with a concurrent decline in acceptance rate of about 1.5% per year to reach the present 65% acceptance rate. The number of paper downloads has increased exponentially to the current 4,000 downloads per month. Most (81%) of the published papers come from senior authors in the USA, with only 15% of the papers coming from senior authors based in non-English-speaking countries. The average number of authors per paper increased from an average of two in 1980 to three at present, and the impact factor has risen to 1.563 in 2006, at about the middle of the range in impact factors for related journals, from an average of 1.295 in the previous 10 years. Papers published in Estuaries and Coasts have a long citation half-life (8.4 years), resulting in very few (3.5%) published papers never receiving citations. All metrics assessed portray Estuaries and Coasts as a journal on the rise that stands up in comparisons of quality and citation rate with other journals in its field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-476
Number of pages8
JournalEstuaries and Coasts
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments The bibliometric analysis presented here was supported by the Governing Board of the Estuarine Research Federation. We thank Everett Fee, Editor-in-Chief of Limnology and Oceanography; Jan Vermaat, co-Editor-in-Chief of Aquatic Botany; Darold Batzer, Editor-in-Chief of Wetlands; and Matthias Seaman, assistant Editor-in-Chief of Marine Ecology—Progress Series, for providing data on manuscript acceptance rates at their journals. We thank Allen Press for data on Estuaries subscribers. James E. Cloern, Joy Bartholomew, Matthias Seaman, and two anonymous reviewers provided thoughtful comments on this paper. This is contribution #381 of the Southeast Environmental Research Center at Florida International University.


  • Bibliometric analysis
  • History of the journal
  • Impact factor
  • Publication statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology


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