JMIR Public Health and Surveillance Receives an Outstanding Inaugural Impact Factor of 4.11

(Philadelphia/Toronto, June 30th, 2021) JMIR Publications is delighted to announce that JMIR Public Health and Surveillance has received an inaugural Impact Factor of 4.11 in Clarivate’s 2020 Journal Citation Report. Launched in 2015, the journal’s inclusion in the Web of Science is the culmination of the incredible work of our editors and reviewers, and the generous submission of impactful papers on the part of our authors. 


Notably, our flagship journal, Journal of Medical Internet Research (IF 5.43), retains its historical position in the first quartiles of both the ‘Medical Informatics’ and ‘Health Care Science & Services’ subject categories, while JMIR Mental Health (IF 4.39) saw the largest increase in Impact Factor - an impressive 24% increase on its inaugural score. 

In addition to these achievements we are thrilled to announce that JMIR Public Health & Surveillance received its first Impact Factor (IF 4.11) in the 2020 JCR, earning a place in the first quartile of the “Public, Environmental, and Occupational Health” subject category.

JMIR Publications, now offering over 30 journals across e-health disciplines, is indebted to our authors, reviewers, and editors for their continued efforts in building a home for the rapid and open dissemination of digital health related ideas and research. We are proud of our stringent peer-review and editing practices, and appreciate our editorial teams’ commitment to providing insightful and constructive feedback to our authors. To our authors, thank you for continuing to choose to share your best work with us and engaging with our mission of fully-open scientific discourse. Whether that is through publishing protocols or preprints on JMIRx, or opting for open peer review on your submissions, we are sincerely grateful for your help in realizing our vision. This support from our research community maintains JMIR’s status as the preeminent digital health publisher.

While we are proud of our impact factor and the associated prestige, we are keen to stress that this metric should not be the only gauge of quality or influence of an article. We do not support any misuse of the impact factor and actively encourage authors and institutions to consider other measures, such as author satisfaction ratings on SciRev and Google, or Altmetric scores, alongside new and emerging open science measures that support broader advances in science and academia. We align with DORA on the importance of contextual metrics and the need to transition the scholarly communications landscape away from the Impact Factor’s hegemony.

JMIR Publications is committed to advancing digital health and scholarly communication. Join us and submit your paper today!