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JADA’s escalating impact factor signals a steady rise in quality

It’s known as an “impact factor,” and it’s a clear sign of respect and high regard in scientific publishing, one coveted by scientific journals the world over.

“It’s an indication that the research and clinical articles that appear in your publication are of a sufficiently high quality that other authors and journals value them enough to cite them in their publications,” said Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), which has witnessed a dramatic rise in its own impact factor in recent years.

The impact factor is a byproduct of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) compiled annually by Thompson Reuters. The 2010 JCR includes more than 10,000 of the world’s most frequently cited, peer-reviewed journals in 238 scientific disciplines from 84 countries.

JADA’s impact factor—the average number of times a JADA article was cited in another professional journal—reached 2.195 in 2010, up from 1.726 in 2009, a 27 percent improvement in just one year.

Total JADA citations numbered 5,458 in 2010, up from 3,829 in 2006, a 42.5 percent improvement within the period. JADA now ranks 15th among dental journals included in the JCR, rising from 29th in 2006.

“That’s an improvement we can be proud of, especially taking into consideration that JADA is not a research journal per se,” said Dr. Glick, the JADA editor, who also is dean of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, N.Y.

“This rise in our impact factor reflects positively on JADA and on the ADA,” he added. “It also means that we can expect more manuscript submissions and submissions of an increasingly high quality. Ultimately, those who benefit most from this improvement are JADA readers, the members of the American Dental Association and the entire dental profession.”