2010 Journal Citation Reports demonstrate breadth and quality of BioMed Central open access journal portfolio
12 Jul 2011
• 21 journals receive impact factors for first time
• Substantial impact factors increases for many titles
• Society journals increase their impact factors following move to open access
BioMed Central, the leading open access publisher, saw the majority of journals increase their impact factors in the latest Journal Citation Report, with the average change being an increase of 0.19 points. In addition, 21 journals received impact factors for the first time, bringing the total number of BioMed Central journals with impact factors to 101.
Journals receiving their first impact factors this year included Particle and Fibre Toxicology, which ranks 4th of 83 titles in the Toxicology category, with an Impact Factor of 4.91. BMC Veterinary Research’s first impact factor of 2.37 places it 8th of 145 journals in the Veterinary Sciences category. Veterinary Research, also published by BioMed Central, maintains its position as the top-ranked Veterinary Science journal.
Strong performances by society-affiliated titles emphasized the potential for open access to increase the visibility and impact of society journals. The Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, official publication of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, saw its impact factor almost double, increasing to 4.328 from 2.278, in the first year when the impact factors was based entirely on articles published under the open access model. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, another society-affiliated journal, recorded an increased impact factor for the 4th successive year, and has trebled its impact factor since moving to BioMed Central. Frontiers in Zoology, a new open access journal from the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft, and the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition both received impressive first impact factors of 2.52, and 2.68 respectively and are both ranked in the top quartile of their fields.
Established BioMed Central titles also did well. BMC Medicine, the flagship medical title of the BMC series, saw a 44% rise in impact factor to 5.75, taking it into the top 10% of journals in the General Medicine category. Retrovirology’s increased impact factor of 5.24 ranks it 4th of 32 in the Virology category, overtaking the rival Journal of Virology. Meanwhile, Genome Biology continues to build its reputation as a leading journal of post-genomic biology, with an increased impact factor of 6.89.
Speaking of the announcement of the 2010 Journal Citation Reports Deborah Kahn Publishing Director at BioMed Central said ”We are very pleased with the excellent impact factors that BioMed Central journals have achieved in this year’s JCR and believe that this underlines further that the open access model delivers not only accessibility but also impact and citability.”
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Notes to Editors
1. BioMed Central impact factors:
• Full list of BioMed Central’s impact factors
• Further details on the latest new impact factors