JMIR Public Health and Surveillance Receives an Impact Factor of 8.5

(Toronto, June 28, 2023) JMIR Publications announced today that JMIR Public Health and Surveillance has received a Journal Impact Factor (JIF) of 8.5 in Clarivate’s 2023 Journal Citation Reports. 

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, this journal saw an unprecedented volume of research in public health and surveillance. During this time, JMIR Public Health and Surveillance saw a dramatic increase in JIF from 4.1 to 14.6. Now in 2023, we have seen the JIF drop back down to 8.5, which continues to demonstrate a 106% growth from 2021.The journal sits within the first quartile (Q1) of the “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health” category in both the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE). 

The journal's inclusion in the Web of Science is the culmination of the incredible work of our editors and reviewers, as well as the generous submission of impactful papers on the part of our authors in such a short timeframe. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance launched in 2015 and received its first JIF in 2021.

In total, 14 of the 34 open access journals published by JMIR Publications now have a JFI—that’s a 133% increase since last year, and we still have more journals launched in the last 2 years that won’t yet be relevant for metrics such as the JIF and CiteScore.  

Our journals with an inaugural JIF include:

The JMIR Publications flagship and tenured journals continue to remain strong:

We would like to emphasize that the JIF should be regarded as just one of several metrics used to assess the quality or influence of an article. It is crucial to consider the JIF in conjunction with other indicators rather than relying on it in isolation. We do not support any misuse of the JIF and actively encourage all to use other measures (eg, author satisfaction ratings on SciRev and Google; article usage and scores from services like Eigenfactor, Google Scholar, CiteScore, Altmetric, Plum Analytics, etc), 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 research ecosystem away from JIF dominance.

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Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our continued mission toward a more open world.