For chemists, including those convening in Atlanta for the American Chemical Society's spring meeting this month, there is no shortage of reading material. The Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information catalogs some 300 chemistry journals for its Science Citation Index database. In an attempt to determine which of these publications are considered by chemists to be the most influential, The Scientist looked to SCI to identify those journals whose articles have been the most frequently referenced in the works of their readers over the past 10 years.

In that period, a relatively small group of journals--15 in all--has dominated the "hit parade" of top-ranked chemistry serials, according to the scientists who read them. For seven of these years, Chemical Reviews has held the first-place position, including 1989, the most recent year that these periodicals were ranked. It has alternated in the top spot with only one other journal, Accounts of Chemical...

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