For the second year in a row, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) has topped the field of orthopaedic journals in Impact Factor (IF). The Impact Factor measures the citation performance of a journal over a two-year period.
According to data from the 2015 edition of Journal Citation Reports (JCR), the JBJS Impact Factor is 5.163—the only orthopaedic journal to have an IF above 5.0. JBJS articles were cited a total of 3,268 times during 2013 and 2014, a 10.5% increase relative to the prior two-year period. In addition, The Journal’s five-year Impact Factor, an even more robust representation of sustained impact, was 5.372.
Although the Impact Factor is just one metric by which The Journal’s influence on musculoskeletal care is measured, our highest-in-the-field number is a testament to the ceaselessly hard working editors, reviewers, and authors who are responsible for the practice-changing content we publish.
For those of you interested in revisiting the most influential work in orthopaedics, according to JCR data, here are the top-three cited JBJS articles published in 2013-2014:
- Estimating the Burden of Total Knee Replacement in the United States
- Impact of the Economic Downturn on Total Joint Replacement Demand in the United States
- Risk Factors Associated with Deep Surgical Site Infections After Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty
Jason Miller, JBJS Executive Publisher
Last week, Thomson Reuters released the 2014 edition of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR). This annual report includes several journal performance metrics, the best known of which is certainly the Impact Factor. The Impact Factor measures the citation performance of journal articles over a two-year period.
Like all metrics, the Impact Factor has its strengths and weaknesses, its champions and detractors. At JBJS, we are focused on a range of metrics, including the quality of articles submitted to us for publication, author satisfaction, and direct reader feedback and engagement.
Having said that, we wish to acknowledge the painstaking work by our Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, reviewers, and authors who contributed to a second straight year of dramatic growth in our Impact Factor, which increased 22.5% to 5.280 (from 4.309). That’s the highest Impact Factor among the 72 orthopaedic journals included in the JCR.
We’re proud that JBJS is having a steadily increasing influence as a source of orthopaedic information. Our ultimate goal remains the same, however – to have a positive impact on surgical expertise, clinical outcomes, and patient care.
–Mady Tissenbaum, Publisher, JBJS