American Journal of Public Health increases its impact, rises in rank among peer journals

Date: Jul 12 2018

Contact: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913

Washington, D.C., July 12, 2018 – New data from Journal Citation Reports show that the American Journal of Public Health  rose among the ranks of peer journals in 2017 and posted an increase in its total cites and impact factor since 2016.

"AJPH  is a leading source of original, relevant, peer-reviewed public health research," said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, publisher of AJPH  and executive director of the American Public Health Association. "This latest report reflects that leadership and the journal’s growing influence as a destination publication. Authors look to AJPH first as a place to bring their research because they know it will have impact."

The journal’s impact factor rose to 4.380 in 2017, up from 3.858 in 2016. Impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which articles published over two years — 2015 and 2016 — in a journal have been cited during the following year — 2017. It is one measure of how frequently scholars cite articles from a specific journal.

In addition, AJPH rose among peer journals in the Science Citation Index to No. 16 in 2017, up from No. 24 in 2016. And in the Social Science Citation Index, the journal increased to No. 4 in 2017 from No. 8 in 2016.

"I am more interested in the total cites AJPH  gets as a measure of its influence. I call this the citation footprint," said AJPH  Editor-in-Chief Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD. "In 2017 AJPH  articles were cited 37,368 times, which is 10,000 cites more than in 2013. This is more than several higher impact factor journals combined in our category. What AJPH  publishes lasts."

AJPH has been publishing original work in research, research methods and program evaluation in the field of public health since 1911. It is published monthly in print and electronically, along with a number of themed supplements, and can be found online at and on Twitter at @AMJPublicHealth.


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