Thomson Reuters released its 2016 Journal Impact Factors (JIFs), and Academic Medicine has earned a JIF of 5.255. It is our highest JIF ever and places us at the top of the Education, Scientific Disciplines category and third in the Health Care Sciences & Services category, our highest ranking yet in this category.
In addition to having the top JIF in our category, Academic Medicine maintained its status as the most highly-cited journal in the field with more than 13,000 citations in 2016.
The JIF for a given year is calculated by dividing the number of citations during the previous two-year period by the total number of articles published in those two years. Our 2016 JIF reflects the number of citations we received in 2014 and 2015 divided by the number of articles we published in those two years.
The JIF is just one way to measure a journal’s success and influence. Former Academic Medicine editor-in-chief Steven L. Kanter, MD, wrote an editorial in our September 2009 issue examining different ways to understand a journal’s impact. Academic Medicine continues to strive for excellence in every measure, and we appreciate your support along the way!