Skip to main content
Top

Tip

Swipe om te navigeren naar een ander artikel

Gepubliceerd in: Netherlands Heart Journal 9/2016

Open Access 02-08-2016 | Editor’s comment

Impact factors 2015; NHJ on the rise!

Auteur: E. E. van der Wall

Gepubliceerd in: Netherlands Heart Journal | Uitgave 9/2016

share
DELEN

Deel dit onderdeel of sectie (kopieer de link)

  • Optie A:
    Klik op de rechtermuisknop op de link en selecteer de optie “linkadres kopiëren”
  • Optie B:
    Deel de link per e-mail
insite
ZOEKEN
In June 2016, the impact factors for the year 2015 were released (Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® JCR 2015, ISI Web of Knowledge). The 2015 impact factor of the Netherlands Heart Journal (NHJ) amounted to 2.062, showing a clear rise compared with the 2014 impact factor (1.837).
The impact factor is defined as the average number of citations received per paper divided by the published articles in a specific journal during the preceding two years [1, 2, 3]. The 2015 NHJ impact factor was calculated as follows: in 2015 the total number of citations to articles published together in the years 2013 and 2014 amounted 301. The total number of articles published together in 2013 and 2014 was 132. As a result, the 2015 impact factor was 301 citations divided by 132 articles: 301/132 = 2.062. NHJ received its first impact factor in 2009, which was 1.392 at that time; it increased to 2.263 in 2013, decreased in 2014 but now appears to be back on track again with 2.062 [4, 5].
How does NHJ stand internationally? Out of a total number of 124 JCR-listed cardiovascular journals (subject category Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems) NHJ takes place 68 on the list of impact factors for 2015, being therefore in the midrange. This can be considered to be rather good for a national journal from a relatively small country. As is well known, the top-3 cardiovascular journals – already for quite some years now – are the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Circulation, and the European Heart Journal (EHJ). The 2015 impact factor for JACC was 17.759, for Circulation 17.047, and for EHJ 15.064. However, the ranking order of the top-3 journals may vary each year.
At the political level, NHJ participates in the HEART Group (Heart Editors Action Round Table), consisting of a group of Editors-in-Chief of about 40 leading international cardiovascular journals worldwide in order to discuss areas of growing common interest, such as ethical issues including scientific fraud, plagiarism, and double publication. [6]. The group also addresses statements on matching languages to ‘match’ the type of study conducted [7]. The Heart Group convenes annually at the three major Cardiology Congresses, namely the ACC, ESC and AHA meetings.
How does NHJ stand at the European level? Several years ago, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) launched the Editors’ Network with the purpose to promote the dissemination and implementation of high-quality editorial standards among the ESC National Societies Cardiovascular Journals (NSCJ) [8]. The Editors’ Network consists of the Editors-in-Chief of all ESC-connected NSJC. The main aims of the Editors‘ Network are to foster collaboration between the national societies and the ESC by diffusing scientific content, promoting editorial excellence, streamlining review processes, and addressing ethical issues and conflicts of interests [9, 10, 11]. Currently there are 56 ESC-related countries that together have 60 national society journals (some countries have more than one national society journal). Of those national society journals, only 11 (18 %) have an impact factor; of those 11 journals NHJ currently takes the sixth place, something to be truly proud of. The Editors’ Network gathers twice a year, once at the Spring meeting in the European Heart House and once at the annual ESC Congress.
Over time, impact factors have become the holy grail in the scientific journal domain [12]. Many authors wish to publish in journals with the highest impact factors, because it will increase their scientific image, their professional profile, and their academic career perspectives. As a result, every journal editor works hard to improve the journal‘s impact factor because it is viewed by publishers as an index of journal quality and success, determining the extent to which the journal is resourced by its sponsoring organisation or publisher. Despite proposals for other parameters of journal quality, such as article-level metrics, the impact factor is still considered to be the nec plus ultra for authors, editors, publishers, and academic institutions [13, 14]. Therefore, one still remains dependent on the impact factor for a journal quality index.
Lastly, we wholeheartedly thank the authors of the papers for sending their fine work to NHJ and we are grateful to the Editorial Board members for carefully reviewing the manuscripts. We would also like to acknowledge the support of our national society, the Netherlands Society of Cardiology. Of course, will continue to strive to increase our impact factor over the forthcoming years! [15].

Conflict of interest

E.E. van der Wall states that there are no conflicts of interest.
Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
share
DELEN

Deel dit onderdeel of sectie (kopieer de link)

  • Optie A:
    Klik op de rechtermuisknop op de link en selecteer de optie “linkadres kopiëren”
  • Optie B:
    Deel de link per e-mail
Literatuur
2.
3.
go back to reference van der Wall EE. Impact factor 2012 for cardiovascular journals: true impact? Neth Heart J. 2013. doi:10.1007/s12471-013-0455-2. van der Wall EE. Impact factor 2012 for cardiovascular journals: true impact? Neth Heart J. 2013. doi:10.1007/s12471-013-0455-2.
4.
go back to reference Opthof T. The impact factor of the Netherlands Heart Journal in 2013. Neth Heart J. 2013. doi:10.1007/s12471-013-0443-6. Opthof T. The impact factor of the Netherlands Heart Journal in 2013. Neth Heart J. 2013. doi:10.1007/s12471-013-0443-6.
5.
go back to reference Opthof T. Impact factor 2013 of the Netherlands Heart Journal surpasses 2.0. Neth Heart J. 2014. doi:10.1007/s12471-014-0538-8. PubMedPubMedCentral Opthof T. Impact factor 2013 of the Netherlands Heart Journal surpasses 2.0. Neth Heart J. 2014. doi:10.1007/s12471-014-0538-8. PubMedPubMedCentral
6.
go back to reference No authors listed. A statement on ethics from the HEART Group. Neth Heart J. 2008;16:153–5. CrossRef No authors listed. A statement on ethics from the HEART Group. Neth Heart J. 2008;16:153–5. CrossRef
7.
go back to reference van der Wall EE, Editors of the HEART Group Journals. Statement on matching language to the type of evidence used in describing outcomes data. Neth Heart J. 2012;20:519. doi:10.1007/s12471-012-0333-3. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral van der Wall EE, Editors of the HEART Group Journals. Statement on matching language to the type of evidence used in describing outcomes data. Neth Heart J. 2012;20:519. doi:10.1007/s12471-012-0333-3. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral
8.
go back to reference Alfonso F, Ambrosio G, Pinto FJ, van der Wall EE. European National Society Cardiovascular Journals: Background, rationale and mission statement of the “Editors’ Club” (Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology). Neth Heart J. 2008;16:211–6. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral Alfonso F, Ambrosio G, Pinto FJ, van der Wall EE. European National Society Cardiovascular Journals: Background, rationale and mission statement of the “Editors’ Club” (Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology). Neth Heart J. 2008;16:211–6. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral
9.
go back to reference Alfonso F, Timmis A, Pinto FJ, et al. Conflict of interest policies and disclosure requirements among European Society of Cardiology national cardiovascular journals. Neth Heart J. 2012;20:279–87. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral Alfonso F, Timmis A, Pinto FJ, et al. Conflict of interest policies and disclosure requirements among European Society of Cardiology national cardiovascular journals. Neth Heart J. 2012;20:279–87. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral
10.
go back to reference van der Wall EE. Conflicts of interest: call for new editorial policies in European national journals. Neth Heart J. 2012;20:249–50. doi:10.1007/s12471-012-0287-5. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral van der Wall EE. Conflicts of interest: call for new editorial policies in European national journals. Neth Heart J. 2012;20:249–50. doi:10.1007/s12471-012-0287-5. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral
11.
go back to reference Alfonso F, Gonçalves L, Pinto F, et al. Fostering diffusion of scientific contents of National Society Cardiovascular Journals: the new ESC search engine. Neth Heart J. 2013;21:510–6. doi:10.1007/s12471-013-0470-3. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral Alfonso F, Gonçalves L, Pinto F, et al. Fostering diffusion of scientific contents of National Society Cardiovascular Journals: the new ESC search engine. Neth Heart J. 2013;21:510–6. doi:10.1007/s12471-013-0470-3. CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentral
13.
go back to reference Nallamothu BK, Lüscher TF. Moving from impact to influence: measurement and the changing role of medical journals. Eur Heart J. 2012;33:2892–6. CrossRefPubMed Nallamothu BK, Lüscher TF. Moving from impact to influence: measurement and the changing role of medical journals. Eur Heart J. 2012;33:2892–6. CrossRefPubMed
15.
go back to reference van der Wall EE. NVVC/NHJ Durrer prizes. Neth Heart J. 2016;24:306–7. doi:10.1007/s12471-016-0827-5. van der Wall EE. NVVC/NHJ Durrer prizes. Neth Heart J. 2016;24:306–7. doi:10.1007/s12471-016-0827-5.
Metagegevens
Titel
Impact factors 2015; NHJ on the rise!
Auteur
E. E. van der Wall
Publicatiedatum
02-08-2016
Uitgeverij
Bohn Stafleu van Loghum
Gepubliceerd in
Netherlands Heart Journal / Uitgave 9/2016
Print ISSN: 1568-5888
Elektronisch ISSN: 1876-6250
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12471-016-0870-2

Andere artikelen Uitgave 9/2016

Netherlands Heart Journal 9/2016 Naar de uitgave

Rhythm Puzzle Question

Positive exercise test?

Rhythm Puzzle Answer

Positive exercise test?