On June 19, the Journal of Hospital Medicine (JHM) received a higher-than-expected first Impact Factor score, the measure of citations received in 2008 to articles published in 2006 and 2007. The 3.613 initial score ranks JHM No. 21 out of 107 journals in the Internal and General Medicine subject category.
Impact Factor scores are used as a proxy for the importance of a journal to its field. Academic researchers are evaluated on the “impact” of their publications based on this score.
“There are journals that are 20 years old that don’t have impact factors as high as we do,” says Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, FHM, professor and chief of the division of hospital medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and editor of JHM. “Hopefully, this will lead to academicians across the world being interested in submitting their scholarly work.”
JHM’s top-cited source is Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine: A Framework for Curriculum Development (www.hospitalmedicine.org/ResourceRoomRedesign/RR_Main/html/Core_Competencies.cfm). The clinical content is an essential tool for practicing hospitalists, providing guidance in the areas of clinical conditions, procedures, healthcare systems, development, and methodology.
“SHM is very proud of our journal, JHM, and getting such a sterling impact factor is a further acknowledgement of JHM’s credibility, reach, and world-class content,” says Larry Wellikson, MD, FHM, CEO of SHM. TH
Freelance Writer Richard Quinn contributed to this report.