Journal Rankings

The bibliometric research indicator.

Part of the base funding to AU is allocated based on published papers. Only papers published in journals which are on an “authority list” of approved journals trigger funding. On the authority list journals are divided into categories 1 and 2 where category 2 journals trigger most funding.

Below are listed the category 2 journals within the mentioned fields. At the bottom of each list there is a link to the (extensive) list of category 2 and 1 journals within this field.

The complete authority list for all fields can be found here (updated - per primo 2016). From 2015 the authority lists will be updated during the year. You will always be able to find the newest complete authority list for all fields here.

Further information on the bibliometric research indicator can be found here (in danish).

What should you do ? 

Publish in journals which are on the authority list (as either category 1 or 2, the field does not matter). Seek to publish in category 2 journals where relevant.

If you are aware of a relevant journal which is not on the current authority list, you can send a mail to Trolle Linderoth ( or Duncan Sutherland ( with the title of the journal,  as well as a brief statement of why it should be on the list, in particular proof that it is peer reviewed (e.g. through a relevant link/quote from the journal web page.)

The lists below were last updated: March 15th 2016



National Academy of Sciences. Proceedings
Nature Communications
Nature Methods
Physical Review Letters
Public Choice
Second Language Research

General category 2 & 1 journals as PDF

Level 2 journals in other categories

Journal of Catalysis



A C S Nano
Acta Biomaterialia
Acta Materialia
Advanced Functional Materials
Advanced Materials
Advances in Catalysis
Advances in Organometallic Chemistry
Annual Review of Materials Research
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Composites Part B: Engineering
Composites Science and Technology
Journal of Materials Chemistry
Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural
Materials: Properties, Microstructures and Processing
Materials Science and Engineering R: Reports
Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A - Physical
Metallurgy and Materials Science
Nano Letters
Nano Research
Nature Materials
Optics Letters
Philosophical Magazine (London, 2003)
Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials
Progress in Materials Science
Scripta Materialia
Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells
Surface Science Reports

Nanoscience category 2 & 1 journals as PDF



Advances in Physics
Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
Applied Physics Letters
Astronomy & Astrophysics
European Physical Journal D. Atomic, Molecular,
Optical and Plasma Physics
European Physical Journal E. Soft Matter
Europhysics Letters
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical
Journal of the Optical Society of America A
Optics, Image, Science, and Vision
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Nature Photonics
Nature Physics
New Journal of Physics
Nuclear Physics, Section B
Optics Express
Physical Review B Condensed Matter
Physics Reports
Physics Today
Reports on Progress in Physics
Reviews of Modern Physics
Solid State Physics
The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review
The Astrophysical Journal
The Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)

Physics category 2 & 1 journals as PDF



Accounts of Chemical Research
American Chemical Society. Journal
Analytica Chimica Acta
Analytical Chemistry
Angewandte Chemie (International Edition)
Chemical Communications
Chemical Reviews
Chemical Society Reviews
Chemistry of Materials
Chemistry: A European Journal
Dalton Transactions
Electrochimica Acta
Energy & Environmental Science
Green Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Journal of Natural Products
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Nature Chemistry
Nature Nanotechnology
Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Organic Letters
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
The Journal of Chemical Physics
The Journal of Organic Chemistry

Chemistry category 2 & 1 journals as PDF


Molecular Biology


Advances in Microbial Physiology
Aging Cell
American Journal of Human Genetics
Annual Review of Biochemistry
Annual Review of Biophysics
Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology
Annual Review of Genetics
Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
Annual Review of Microbiology
Annual Review of Nutrition
Antioxidants & Redox Signalling
Biotechnology Advances
Biotechnology for Biofuels
Briefings in Bioinformatics
Cell Death & Differentiation
Cell Host & Microbe
Cell Metabolism
Cell Reports
Cell Research
Cell Stem Cell
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences
Chemistry & Biology
Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Current Biology
Current Opinion in Biotechnology
Current Opinion in Cell Biology
Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
Current Opinion in Lipidology
Current Opinion in Microbiology
Current Opinion in Structural Biology
Current Topics in Developmental Biology
Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
D N A Research
Developmental Cell
E M B O Reports
Genes & Development
Genome Research
Human Molecular Genetics
Immunological Reviews
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Journal of Cell Science
Journal of Lipid Research
Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, C: Photochemistry

Journal of Proteome Research
Metabolic Engineering
Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews
Molecular & Cellular Proteomics
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Molecular Biology and Evolution
Molecular Cell
Molecular Ecology
Molecular Microbiology
Molecular Neurobiology
Molecular Plant
Molecular Systems Biology
Natural Product Reports
Nature Biotechnology
Nature Cell Biology
Nature Chemical Biology
Nature Genetics
Nature Reviews. Genetics
Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
Nature Structural and Molecular Biology
New Phytologist
Nucleic Acids Research
Plant Biotechnology Journal
Plant, Cell and Environment
Progress in Lipid Research
Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics
Science Signaling
Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology
Stem Cells
The E M B O Journal
The F A S E B Journal
The Journal of Cell Biology
The Plant Cell
The Plant Journal
Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Trends in Biotechnology
Trends in Cell Biology
Trends in Microbiology
Trends in Plant Science

Molecular Biology category 2 & 1 journals as PDF




Advances in Ecological Research
Advances in Insect Physiology
Advances in Marine Biology
Animal Behaviour
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
Annual Review of Entomology
Annual Review of Phytopathology
Annual Review of Plant Biology
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Biological Conservation
Biological Reviews
Biology Letters
BMC Biology
BMC Plant Biology
Conservation Biology
Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Diversity and Distributions : A journal of biological invasions and
Ecological Applications
Ecological Monographs
Ecology Letters
Freshwater Biology
Functional Ecology
Fungal Diversity
Global Change Biology
Global Ecology and Biogeography
Journal of Animal Ecology
Journal of Applied Ecology
Journal of Biogeography
Journal of Comparative Physiology B
Journal of Ecology
Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Journal of Experimental Botany
Limnology and Oceanography
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Nature Protocols
Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
Plant Physiology
PLoS Biology

Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions B. Biological
Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences
Studies in Mycology
Systematic Biology
Systematic Entomology
The American Naturalist
The I S M E Journal
The Journal of Experimental Biology
The Quarterly Review of Biology
Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Biology category 2 & 1 journals as PDF