Journal of Human Evolution

Journal of Human Evolution  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
J. Hum. Evol.
Discipline Evolutionary biology Anthropology Archaeology
Language English
Edited by Sarah Elton, Mike Plavcan
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 0047-2484
LCCN 72623558

The Journal of Human Evolution is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of evolution, specializing in human and primate evolution. The journal was established in 1972 and is published by Elsevier in print and online on ScienceDirect.[1] As of November 2015, the journal was on its 88th volume.[2] The editors-in-chief are Sarah Elton (Durham University) and Mike Plavcan (University of Arkansas).

The journal content covers all aspects of human evolution, focusing on those topics in physical anthropology, primatology, paleoanthropology, and paleolithic archaeology.[1] Topics include but are not limited to studies of human and primate fossils, comparative studies of living species through morphological and molecular evidence (See Molecular Anthropology), and studies supporting fossil evidence of primate and human evolution through stratigraphy and taphonomy.[1] Additional research areas include interpretative analyses of new and previously described fossil or skeletal material, assessments of the phylogeny and paleobiology of primate species including the line of Homo, and studies involving paleoecological and paleogeographical models of primate and human evolution.[1] In addition to articles and studies published in the journal, the journal makes available space to publish brief announcements of new or important discoveries.

Features of this Journal

Content Access

In this journal, individual journal contributors maintain the ability to limit the reach of their published articles. Contributors can decide to limit access to their articles by choosing to publish their articles for subscribers only or to publish their articles as open access content, which allows the general public access to their articles.[1]

Featured Author Videos

The online version of the journal supports short videos of authors explaining their research.[3] These videos, in MP4 file format, are available to stream or for download, allowing them to be watched at a later time using any common media player.


AudioSlides are a feature supported by the online version of the journal through ScienceDirect.[4] This format features a short five-minute visual slide presentation with an audio voice over by the author, based on an article the author has published in the journal. AudioSlides presentations are not peer-reviewed and represent the opinion and views of the author of the author's published work.

Database Linking Tool

The journal, in digital format, has included a Database Linking tool.[5] Authors can choose to publish their data in the journal and link the data to public data repositories established in the field of research, which then can be easily accessed by other researchers in the field or closely associated fields and the general public.

Interactive 3D Models

The publisher, Elsevier has developed three dimensional visualization tools for this journal and others, which authors can choose to include 3-D models and scans within their published articles online.[6] These 3-D models allow for a greater complexity of ideas to be shown visually, which can enhance understanding of these concepts.

Publication Details

Impact Factor and Other Measurements of Importance

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal had a 2014 impact factor of 3.733, but in 2015, the impact factor increased to 3.767.[1][7] The overall five-year impact factor of this journal is 4.131, as of 2015.[1] For the year 2015, the Eigenfactor , the rating of the total importance of an academic journal, was 0.012.[8] Additionally, Article Influence is a ranking based on the Eigenfactor score, and is often comparable to the Impact Factor. The journal's Article Influence is 1.572 for 2015.[8] The journal also has a SCImago Journal Rank of 2.145 for 2015. For 2015, the SNIP/IPP ranking for the journal is 1.211.[9] SNIP refers to Source-Normalized Impact per Paper and it is a means to measure impact of a particular journal by weighing the citations of a particular journal in comparison to the total number of citations in the given subject field. IPP (Impact per Publication) is a ratio comparing the number of citations in the a year to the number of citations in the previous three years divided by the total number of papers published in those three years.[10]

Review Speed

The review speed refers to the time at which a manuscript, an article or other suitable publication, enters the journal's publication process and exits the process for publication.[11] During this time it spends in review, the manuscript is reviewed, and returned to author for alterations, clarifications, and edits, based on recommendations of the reviewers. When the author is finished with edits, the manuscript is resubmitted for final review and if accepted, published. There may be multiple rounds between review and re-submission before a manuscript is accepted. The initial review period of the Journal of Human Evolution for the year 2015 lasts on average 8 weeks, while the review speed for the whole process averages 24 weeks to publication.[11]

Online Article Publication Time

For the year 2015, the time between the acceptance of the manuscript by the journal and the date when the manuscript first appears within the online database averages 8 weeks.[12] The time between the first appearance of the article online and the article's final appearance online currently averages 15 weeks for 2015. The initial publication of an article online is not fully paginated, which takes more time but is useful for professionals in the field that may wish to cite the information from the article in their own work.

Author Information

Corresponding authors are found worldwide. The majority of contributing authors are found in the United States.[13] In the top ten countries for contributing author, Spain is second, followed by the United Kingdom. Germany, France, Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy and China. These numbers are generated from the last five years' authors and based on the primary authors' country of residence. It doesn't reflect the total number of contributing non-primary authors, as contributing authors are often in collaboration with colleagues at many universities and institutions across the globe.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Journal of Human Evolution". Elsevier. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  2. "Journal of Human Evolution -". Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  3. "Featured Author Videos". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  4. "AudioSlides". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  5. "Database Linking". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  6. "3D Models". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  7. "Journal of Human Evolution". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014.
  8. 1 2 "Elsevier Journal Metrics Visualization. Helping Authors. Visualizing Key Metrics. Delivering Journal Insights.". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  9. "Elsevier Journal Metrics Visualization. Helping Authors. Visualizing Key Metrics. Delivering Journal Insights.". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  10. "Journal Metrics: Research analytics redefined". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  11. 1 2 "Elsevier Journal Metrics Visualization. Helping Authors. Visualizing Key Metrics. Delivering Journal Insights.". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  12. "Elsevier Journal Metrics Visualization. Helping Authors. Visualizing Key Metrics. Delivering Journal Insights.". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  13. "Elsevier Journal Metrics Visualization. Helping Authors. Visualizing Key Metrics. Delivering Journal Insights.". Retrieved 2016-07-07.

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