|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Palo Alto, California|
|Publication types||Academic journals|
|Nonfiction topics||Science and social science|
Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher in Palo Alto, California, that is dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society. It has a collection of 46 review series in specific disciplines in science and social science. Each review series contains 12 to 40 authoritative comprehensive review articles, covering the major journal articles on a specific topic during the preceding few years. The major topics in each subject are covered every few years, and special topics appear as appropriate. The reviews are widely used in teaching and research, and serve the purposes both of current awareness and introduction to a new subject. Since in scientific literature it is customary to cite in detail the sources only since the most recent review, these periodicals are among the highest ranking journals in impact factor for their subjects, as shown in the publisher's table. (This does not imply that they are necessarily the most important journals in the subject; review series always rank highly because of the relatively few articles published each year and the many articles that cite them.) The reviews are written in a compact narrative style, with a minimum of descriptive text for each article covered. Many authors provide lists of summary points and future issues. The length of each review and the number of articles covered vary widely depending on both the topic and the preferences of the author. The articles are written by invitation to the authors, who are accepted authorities on the material covered.
Each series is available as a bound annual volume, as individual electronic articles purchased online, or as a subscription to the print, online, or both. They are also available as a database consisting of some or all of the series, with site licensing available. The back years of the entire collection can be purchased for a one-time price. Effective January 2008, purchasing a subscription that includes online access entitles you to permanent data rights to that volume regardless of future subscription status. Customers with 2007 online subscriptions will retain access to the volumes that they have previously purchased. In 2017 and 2018, the Annual Review of Public Health was available without subscription; the 2019 volume requires a subscription, but earlier volumes remain open access.
The first series to be published was Annual Review of Biochemistry, which began in 1932. Additional series are started every few years, with the topics appropriate to the growth of scientific research. All Annual Review series became available online in 1996. Since 2004 most series have been richly illustrated in color. In 2017, Annual Reviews launched Knowable Magazine, their first non-academic title, with grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Moore Foundation. It provides journalistic coverage of science.
Years in parentheses indicate the first year of publication. As of April 2013, the publications included the following: