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JHLT Impact Factor: Take it to the Top

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David A. Baran, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Sentara Heart Hospital
Norfolk, VA, USA

Discoveries and advances in medicine occur with increasing speed; therefore, textbooks serve to provide a foundation for knowledge. We rely on journals to inform on the latest and greatest developments, many of which are able to be translated into clinical practice. Health care providers must read journals to adhere to the rapidly evolving fields of medicine including Heart failure, thoracic transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. There are numerous competing journals all vying for the reader's eye.

A logical place to acquire the latest information in these areas is the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, which is the official Journal of the ISHLT. This has always been a key journal to read about the annual ISHLT Registry Report as well as immunosuppression for both heart and lung transplantation. However, under the leadership of Dr. Mandeep Mehra in recent years and Dr. James Kirklin prior, the JHLT has grown substantially housing influential papers on mechanical circulatory support and increasingly for matters of pulmonary hypertension and advanced lung disease.

The key way journals are ranked is by impact factor, which is derived from the quantitation of how many articles reference publications in the journal. Like re-tweets, shares on Facebook, or views on YouTube, this is the professional index of relevance and impact on the field. The impact factor of the JHLT has had a meteoric rise of late, and now our journal is the number one transplant journal in terms of impact, with a score of 7.11 out of a field of 56 other journals. In 2016 alone, JHLT articles were cited more than 3200 times by other articles! In a field of 372 journals of surgery, the JHLT is is the 3rd highest impact surgical journal alongside the Annals of Surgery and American Journal of Surgical Pathology.

This is a stunning accomplishment which drives further success. After all, as authors we all want to send our original research to the "best" journal, and it is so exciting that our Society's journal is indeed confirmed to be the highest impact.

It is a great time to be involved in ISHLT, and to send the best work in abstract form for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Accepted abstracts may be submitted as full length manuscripts, or research correspondence to the JHLT and potentially have access to the broad audience of the journal. With such high impact science being published monthly, acceptance in the Journal is tough to achieve, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. We owe it to our patients and our field to be certain the latest and best work appears in our Journal! ■

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

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