The Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) recently learned of its 2014 Thompson-Reuters impact factor for 2014—5.122. This rating represents JACS’ highest impact factor to date and a 15 percent increase in impact from the previous year. JACS now ranks eighth of 198 surgery journals on the Thomson-Reuters list. Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS, the Editor-in-Chief, credits the high impact factor to the dedication and hard work of the editors, staff, and hundreds of peer reviewers.
The impact factor of an academic journal is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal, and is often used to gauge the relevance of a particular journal in its field. Thomson-Reuters ranks, evaluates, and compares journals within subject categories and publishes the results in Journal Citation Reports. The 2014 rating reflects the number of times articles published in a journal in 2012 and 2013 were cited. In other words, JACS papers published in 2012 and 2013 were cited an average of more than five times.
A strong impact factor can help to attract authors looking to publish their research in a journal that provides a maximum amount of exposure. JACS celebrates its position as one of the world’s top surgical journals and is dedicated to publishing high-quality scientific articles and provide surgeons with world-class content in timely and innovative ways.