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Impact factors of orthopaedic journals between 2000 and 2010: trends and comparisons with other surgical specialties.

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kenneth RankinORCiD, Michael Reed, Andrew Sprowson


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Purpose: The impact factors (IF) of orthopaedic journals is an important component in determining the future of orthopaedic research funding. We aim to characterise the trend in journal IF over the last decade and draw comparisons with other surgical specialties. Methods: We conducted an analysis of impact factors from Journal Citation Reports between 2000 and 2010. Results: Between 2000 and 2010 the number of orthopaedic journals increased from 24 to 41, more than any other surgical specialty and the mean IF increased from 0.842 to 1.400. Journals printed in the English language had a significantly higher IF in the year 2010 (1.64 vs. 0.33, p = 0.01) than those printed in other languages. English language journals published in the US had significantly higher mean 2010 IF (1.932 vs. 1.243, p = 0.025) than those published in Europe, and this had changed compared with 2000 mean IF (0.978 Vs. 0.704, p = 0.360). Orthopaedics was ranked sixth out of 11 surgical subspecialties in 2000 but dropped to seventh out of 11 in 2010. Conclusions: The quality of orthopaedic journals has significantly increased over the last decade and this has been accompanied by a rise in mean IF. It is important that orthopaedics continues to improve the quality of research, which may help orthopaedic researchers secure funding in the future.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rankin KS; Sprowson AP; Reed M; Moverley R; McNamara I; Davidson DJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Orthopaedics

Year: 2013

Volume: 37

Issue: 4

Pages: 561-567

Print publication date: 01/04/2013

Online publication date: 19/01/2013

ISSN (print): 0341-2695

ISSN (electronic): 1432-5195

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007%2Fs00264-012-1769-1

PubMed id: 23329405


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