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  • By Song Soo-youn
  • Published 2018.08.31 10:48
  • Updated 2018.08.31 10:48
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Experimental & Molecular Medicine (EMM), a life science journal by the Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ranked No. 1 in journal impact factor (JIF) among local journals.

JIF gauges the yearly average number of citations to recent articles published in a journal. The measure reflects the journal’s status and research power.

Hong Seong-tae, publishing director at the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences, analyzed the Journal Citation Reports published by Clarivate Analytics in June and wrote a report about the JIF of local journals on the KAMS’ e-newsletter in August.

According to Hong, the JCR listed 129 domestic journals, including 41 medical journals, in 2017. As the Korean Journal of Medical History was listed on the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Hong analyzed the JIF of 40 medical journals.

Among the 40, EMM’s JIF marked 5.584, the highest among local medical journals. Its JIF exceeded the 5-mark for three consecutive years. The figure was also the highest among 129 domestic journals.

Journal of Stroke, published by Korean Stroke Society and ranked second in JIF in 2017, stepped down from No. 1 in 2016. The third place went to Experimental Neurobiology by Korean Society for Brain and Neural Science with its JIF reading at 3.810.

KAMS’ Journal of Korean Medical Science had the most total cites among domestic medical journals last year. The journal was quoted 5,327 times.

Among the 129 local journals on the JCR list, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry by the Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry recorded the most total cites with 12,666.

Among the total journals on the JCR list, CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians had the highest JIF with 244.585, dwarfing that of the No. 2 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) at 79.2586. However, CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians was quoted 28,839 times, whereas NEJM was cited 332,830 times.

“From a global perspective, Korean journals are significantly underrated despite high research power. This is because researchers seek to publish their good papers on internationally-famous journals rather than local ones,” Hong said.

Hong said that Korean researchers should try to list as many journals in the Global Citation Index as possible. “To do so, we should publish good papers on local journals, recognize them as excellent achievements, and globalize the publishing and editing of local journals,” he said.


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