Impact and Immediacy: The American Journal of Bioethics

The American Journal of Bioethics has been ranked as the highest impact journal in medical ethics and health policy in 2010 for the fifth consecutive year, with an impact factor more than double that of any other bioethics publication across the last year.

Thats according to Thomson Reuters Institute for Scientific Information’s Journal Citation Reports, the preeminent statistically-based annual ranking of the impact of journals on the world of science and medicine.

The American Journal of Bioethics has changed all our notions about what kind of impact bioethics can have on public discourse about health,” says Glenn McGee, PhD, the publications founder and editor in chief and the John B. Francis Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics, where AJOB offices are housed.

The Impact Factor ratings reflect how often AJOB articles are cited in peer-reviewed journals in the year after they are published.  AJOB was ranked first in five different scholarly categories, and had a higher Impact Factor than any journal in many other categories.

The journal also ranked # 1 in the Thomson/Reuters ISI Immediacy Index, above New England Journal, Cell, Nature, Science, and all other scholarly journals, indicating that, per article, publications in The American Journal of Bioethics have the maximum immediate effect on the literature of science and medicine.

These rankings show that AJOBs work is both respected by and useful for scholars across science and medicine says Summer McGee, PhD, AJOBs Executive Editor. The immediacy score equally shows that our efforts to publish scholarship that is relevant and timely are working for healthcare in general, not just bioethicists publishing to each other.

There is a lot of enthusiasm around here about five years of continuous ranking among the top journals in science and medicine, but the excitement isnt about the success of AJOB, Dr. McGee says. It is about using AJOB to ensure that bioethics is always part of the debate about health in society.  This has been a dream come true, ten years in the making, and were only just getting started.

The American Journal of Bioethics now publishes two spin-off journals in empirical bioethics and in neuroethics, and its website is the most utilized resource in the field, and the McGees indicate that plans for the expansion of both to include new journals and expanded web offerings are well underway.

Links:
Too Soon to Give Up: Re-examining the Value of Advance Directives, American Journal of Bioethics, April 2010

Podcast: Too Soon to Give Up on Advance Directives, Michael Green, MD and Benjamin Levi, MD, The Bioethics Channel, April 16, 2010

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