Annals of Biomedical Engineering impact factor reaches new high

The impact factor for the Annals of Biomedical Engineering journal has risen 35% since the current editorial office took over in 2010, according to data recently released.
ABME's 2016 impact factor is 3.221. The 2015 impact factor was 2.887, so this represents a 12% increase.

The impact factor is obtained by dividing the number of articles published within a given timeframe by the number of times they are cited in a given time frame. There is typically a lag of two years between the publication date and impact factor calculation date, so that there is time for citations to appear. This year's impact factor is based on total citations in 2016 of articles that were published in 2014-2015.

A high impact factor shows that many people have found important articles worthy of citing in that journal. It's a quick way to quantify the visibility and importance of a journal. A 35% increase shows that in the past 7 years, ABME has been publishing timely, novel, and compelling research that reaches a wide audience.

Under Kyriacos (Kerry) Athanasiou's leadership, ABME has published 25 special issues on timely topics. The guest editors recruited recognized authors and leaders in their respective areas of research; many of our most-cited articles have been from the special issues.

The journal has also stepped up recruitment and screening of top-quality review papers, which typically gather many citations. The journal's editors have also greatly limited publishing anything other than original research and review articles, as these are the ones of greatest interest to our broad general audience and most likely to be cited.

Several of ABME papers have gotten mass media attention.

Finally, Dr. Athanasiou has instituted rigorous formatting and scientific standards for papers that the journal puts out for review. The journal rejects around half of the papers it receives without review because they do not meet high enough scientific standards, or because they fall short of its standards for writing quality, organization, and labeling. The journal's current acceptance rate is less than 25%.

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