A few weeks ago, we blogged that the Cochrane Library had a new and improved impact factor of 6.186. Wiley (the publishers of the Cochrane Library have now released individual impact factors for all Cochrane Review Groups.
The great news is that the Cochrane Oral Health Group’s impact factor for 2010 has risen by a whopping 14%, to 3.600. This puts the Group in the top three of dentistry journals in the world, behind the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and the Journal of Dental Research (see the Impact Factor Listing for Journals in Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Medicine for more information). The impact factor is a tool for ranking, evaluating, and comparing journals. It is a measure of the frequency with which the “average article” in a journal has been cited in a particular year. It is calculated by looking at the number of citations as a proportion of articles in the journal published in the previous two years and is a measure of the importance of a journal or journal article to research.
Congratulations to all authors, contributors and editors on this fantastic achievement. But the hard work doesn’t stop here! We are already considering how to raise the 2011 Impact Factor. Please remember to cite all relevant Cochrane Oral Health Group reviews in your work to help us have an even greater impact.
More information on the impact factors of individual Cochrane Review Groups can be found on the website of the Cochrane Editorial Unit. Wiley have also produced a list of frequently asked questions about impact factors.