I read the news today oh boy, about an impact factor that made the grade

Today I got an email from Elsevier titled “Elsevier Publishes the Top 8 Electrochemistry Journals,” which proclaimed “including the top-ranked journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics which has an Impact Factor of 6.451!” And a helpful graphic, given below free of charge with no advertising fee to Elsevier:

electrochemistry impact factors

I don’t read much into a journal’s purpose beyond its name. What does it mean that Biosensors and Bioelectronics is the “top-ranked” electrochemistry publication? I always thought it was for biosensors. (And bioelectronics.) Does this just mean the field of biosensors is taking off like a rocket? Or does it mean that the journal is “good,” transcending the areas of study stated in the name, making it an appropriate venue for any high-profile topic, such as discovery of gravitons or life on other planets? NEW PLAN: I’m sending everything I have to Biosensors and Bioelectronics, even my grocery list.