The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is celebrating the news of the latest impact factor for its flagship veterinary journal, the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS). Announced last week by Clarivate Analytics, which compiles the Journal Citations Reports (JCR) for over 11,500 journals, spanning more than 230 disciplines and 2.2 million scholarly articles, the 2017 impact factor has risen to 1.466, up from 1.131 in the previous year. The news has come as the ISFM, together with its veterinary journals’ publishing partners, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and SAGE Publishing, are preparing to mark the journal’s 20th anniversary in 2019. The impact factor is the journal’s highest since 2010, and the second highest since 2004, the year that JFMS first recorded an impact factor. It moves JFMS up the journal rankings in the JCR Veterinary Sciences list, where it currently enjoys a position of 42 out of 140 journals.
By looking at all the citation activity for a journal in a single calendar year, the impact factor represents a snapshot in time, providing transparency on what makes a journal influential and valuable. It is one of the key metrics used by researchers in identifying the best-fit journals in which to publish; and is also valuable to librarians, and publishers and editors, in supporting inclusion of journals in library collections, and helping to determine a journal’s influence in the marketplace, respectively.
Contributing to the 2017 impact factor calculation for JFMS was a total of 349 cites to a total of 238 articles. The articles attracting the highest citations in the year were: the ‘2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats’ (10 cites), a study on the ‘Longevity and mortality of cats attending primary care veterinary practices in England’ (9 cites) and ‘Assessment of intravenous adipose-derived allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of feline chronic kidney disease: a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial in eight cats’ (8 cites). Between them, they illustrate the breadth of JFMS’s published science relating to the clinical veterinary healthcare of domestic cats. While the USA and England were the top two contributing countries in the period under review, papers were received from no fewer than 42 countries around the world, underlining the reach of this truly international journal.
Commenting on the journal’s achievement, the Editors, Andy Sparkes and Margie Scherk, remark: ‘Our primary goals are ensuring the journal meets its aims and is of real value to practising veterinarians, and we are well aware that to be the natural platform for high-quality clinical studies contributing novel information in the important field of feline medicine and surgery, the journal needs a good impact factor. We are delighted with the news of the appreciable rise in the current impact factor and rating of JFMS. It reflects much hard work from all involved in producing the journal – and also, importantly, the quality of the editorial board and of our authors. We are hugely grateful to all who contribute their expertise as we strive to make JFMS a “best in class” clinical journal.’
JFMS is a key benefit of membership of ISFM, the veterinary division of the charity International Cat Care. Together with its online, open access, sister case reports journal, JFMS Open Reports, it plays a pivotal role in the charity’s mission of engaging, educating and empowering people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.
Managing Editor, JFMS and JFMS Open Reports
Veterinary Publications Manager, iCatCare
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About the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)
ISFM is the veterinary division of International Cat Care. ISFM aims to provide a worldwide resource for veterinarians on feline medicine and surgery
About International Cat Care (iCatCare)
International Cat Care is a charity dedicated to improving the health and welfare of cats worldwide.
The International Cat Care vision: all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding.
The International Cat Care mission: to engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.