JOM Impact Factor Sees Significant Boost

JOM, Sep 2012

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JOM Impact Factor Sees Significant Boost

Lynne Robinson Impact Factor - The end of June is a highly anticipated seasonal turn for most in journal publishing, since that marks the release of the previous years Impact Factor (IF) numbers by the Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge citation measurement index. For JOM, this years news was quite good, with the journals achieving an IF of 1.421up markedly from its 2010 IF of 1.175. The ideal target measure for all TMS journals is 1 or better. Over time, JOMs performance has generally experienced a positive trend line (Table I, Figure I), with its ve-year IF now set at 1.4 5. Commented James J. Robinson, TMS executive director and former editor of JOM, Naturally, I am especially delighted to see JOM, our house journal, demonstrating such respectable performance in this years rankings. Daily, I see our headquarters staff and battery of volunteer members working hard on this publication, and their efforts continue to make JOM an JOMs Impact Factor rating over the years has generally exhibited an upward trend. Total Journals in Category The ISI Web of Knowledge uses Impact Factors to rank journals within specific subject categories. This table presents all the subject categories assigned to TMS journals, as well as the rank of TMS journals within these categories. Specific 2011 Impact Factors for TMS journals were: JOM, 1.42; Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (MMTA), 1.545; Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B (MMTB), 0.903; Journal of Electronic Materials (JEM), 1.466. Both MMTA and JEM are included on Springers list of highest impact materials science journals. ber of citations of a journals material divided by the number of citable materials published by the same journal. Potential authors refer to the IF as a guideline when seeking to maximize exposure of their work, although a number of considerations can impact the Impact Factor. Review articles, for instance, typically generate more citations. An increase or decrease in the number of articles published during the reporting timeframe can in uence the citation average. Journals with lower circulation will likely never achieve a high IF, regardless of their scienti c merit. The IF also tends to offer a limited picture of global scholarship since very few publications in languages other than English are included. Still, as Robinson noted, the IF is a valuable tool for monitoring and managing the ongoing progress and development of a journal. Whatever the outcome for a journalan uptick, a downturn, or steady stateyou can be assured that editors and editorial teams will be looking for meaning and ways to improve the numbers in the coming years, he said. It takes a long time for an editors actions today to affect the Impact Factors of the future. This certainly applies to our full suite of journals. (Table II provides an overview of the performance of TMS publications included in the 2011 IF reporting period.) With editorial planning underway for the next publishing year, Maureen Byko, JOM editor, said that there is always room on the calender of JOM technical topics for good ideas that will continue to push the journal upward in the rankings. (Byko can be contacted with suggestions at mbyko@tms. org.) She also noted that TMS and its publishing partner, Springer Science + Business Media, have made a concerted effort in the last year to make JOM more accessible to the materials science and engineering community. This has included increasing JOMs editorial pages by 25 percent, offering authors Springers online Editorial Manager system for article submission, and publishing electronic versions of articles on SpringerLinks Online FirstTM in advance of the JOM print issue. Plans are also underway to update and enhance JOMs website capabilities. All of these new and evolving bene ts aside, Byko said that the small army of dedicated volunteers who develop and generate JOMs content hold the key to the journals true value. JOM depends on the advisors who give their time to gather highquality papers for publication and the authors who share their best work with the journals audience, she said. Thats the real success story behind the numbers. To suggest a technical topic for JOM, contact Maureen Byko at .


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