Clarivate Analytics released its 2019 Journal Impact Factors (JIFs), and Academic Medicine earned a JIF of 5.354. It places us at the top of the Education, Scientific Disciplines category for the fifth year in a row. It also places us third in the Health Care Sciences & Services category.
In addition to having the top JIF in our category, Academic Medicine maintained its status as a highly-cited journal with more than 17,600 citations in 2019 (about 2,000 more than the previous year).
The JIF for a given year is calculated by dividing the number of citations during that year to articles that were published during the previous two-year period by the total number of articles published in those two years. Our 2019 JIF reflects the number of citations we received in 2019 to items published in 2017 and 2018 divided by the number of articles we published in 2017 and 2018.
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!