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Rising Impact of the JHLT - New Metrics Released 2015

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Mandeep Mehra, MD, MBBS, FACC, FACP
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to inform the members of the ISHLT that the JHLT (Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation) has received its highest ever Impact Factor (IF) of 6.650, in the most recent 2014 release of the metrics. The Journal is now ranked FIRST in the transplantation category (1st / 25) and THIRD in all of surgical journals (3rd /214). In addition, we are now ranked in the TOP TEN in the cardiovascular journal category, a highly competitive landscape. Additional comparative metrics are attached for your more detailed review, reflecting our rankings in the two most comprehensively relevant categories.

Of course, the Impact Factor is only one metric of the success of the JHLT and while its relevance is often questioned in this digital era, it does reflect an important standing of the relevance of the scientific voice that emanates from JHLT. We value, above all, the readership reactions and immediate relevance to our membership and direction of the ISHLT. In this regard, The JHLT editors are constantly evolving new ways to engage emerging trends in social media, digital footprints, enhanced online capability as well as close attention on capitalizing on the vigor of our members including young and emerging leaders.

We are grateful to you all for your confidence in the JHLT as this editorial term draws to its first 5 year close by reaching this important milestone. Our editors, senior consultants, reviewers, publishers and volunteers deserve enormous credit for shaping the JHLT to its current stature. Thank you all for your support and ownership of the JHLT.

Sincerely yours,

Mandeep R. Mehra, MD, FACC< FACP, FRCP
Editor in Chief, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Past President, The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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