JASN’s Impact Factor Hits New High

On June 26, 2011, Thomson Reuters released new impact factor calculations for their 2010 Journal Citation Reports. The impact factor is an average composite measure of the frequency with which articles from a peer-reviewed journal are cited over a given two-year period; the 2010 impact factor, reported in 2011, reflects papers cited in 2008 and 2009 divided by the total number of papers published over that time. The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) retained its ranking as the top journal in nephrology with a 2010 impact factor of 8.288, up from 7.111 in 2007. JASN’s impact factor has risen quickly under the leadership of its current editorial team.

Editor-in-chief Eric G. Neilson, MD, FASN, shared with ASN Kidney News his view of the value of this measure of journal performance. “Impact factor provides an easy way to rank order those journals publishing citable material over a discrete period of time. JASN has the good fortune of having a wonderful pool of authors submitting their best work to a superb group of associate editors who pick great papers relevant to nephrology that happily get cited more often.”

We asked Dr. Neilson what he tells young authors about choosing a journal to submit their manuscript to. “Before submitting a manuscript, they should read carefully through a group of journals to evaluate the quality of their published work and to get a sense of the selection criteria that might apply. The higher a journal’s impact factor, the more competitive and widely read it is likely to be. One should always strive to publish in the best journal you can.”

What does Dr. Neilson look for in a manuscript? He encourages authors to tell a compelling story, to try and fit their work into a larger theme, and to provide data that well supports a novel message. No doubt many more will try to do just that as JASN continues its impressive rise.

August 2011 (Vol. 3, Number 8)