High quality articles, selective editorial process drives DC&R’s Impact Factor to record high, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert Madoff reports
The Society’s journal, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum (DC&R), has received a new record high Impact Factor of 3.336, up from 3.132 the previous year, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert D. Madoff, Minneapolis, MN reports. It has risen steadily from 2.536 in 2009 to the current level (2012).
According to Dr. Madoff, “The increase in DC&R’s Impact Factor is attributable to the high quality of papers that we are receiving and a highly selective editorial process that focuses on publishing only papers of the best quality.”
A journal’s Impact Factor is a measure of quality based on total number of citations and articles published. DC&R’s Impact Factor now ranks it 18 of 198 titles in the surgery category and 21 of 74 titles in the gastroenterology and hepatology category, both improvements over the previous year.
News of the latest increase in Impact Factor came after Dr. Madoff reported on the journal’s progress at the Society’s annual business meeting in Phoenix.
The record Impact Factor came with stable circulation/reach for DC&R (total digital and print reach of 5,420) and stable profit, leading ASCRS to renew its five-year contract with publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
“Our overall goal remains to continually improve quality of content to make DC&R the authoritative journal in the field of colorectal disease, both nationally and internationally,” Dr. Madoff reported. “We have worked aggressively to make the Journal more attractive and enjoyable to read. Our next major goal is to optimize our DC&R Website, both as a resource for our readers and as an attractive site for advertisers.”
“We will continue to follow a philosophy of quality first,” he concludes.
The Editor-in-Chief announced the retirement of five Associate Editors, thanking them for “their tireless efforts on the Journal’s behalf,” and appointment of five new Associate Editors. Retiring Associate Editors are Drs.: Roberto Bergamaschi, Stony Brook, NY, Samantha Hendren, Ann Arbor, MI, John C. Reilly, Erie, PA, Michael J. Solomon, Sydney, Australia, and Masahiko Watanabe, Kanagawa, Japan.
New Associate Editors are Drs.: Mariana Berho, Hollywood, FL, Chuan-Gang Fu, Shanghai, China, Wilhelm Graf, Uppsala, Sweden, Gregory D. Kennedy, Madison, WI, and Charles A. Ternent, Omaha, NE.
Dr. Madoff’s leadership team includes Co-editors Drs. W. Donald Buie, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Thomas E. Read, Burlington, MA; Web Editor Dr. David A. Margolin, New Orleans, LA; Current Status Dr. Kelli Bullard Dunn, Louisville, KY; Dynamic Articles Dr. Scott R. Steele, Ft. Lewis, WA; For Debate Dr. John R.T. Monson, Rochester, NY; and Selected Abstracts Dr. William C. Cirocco, Detroit, MI.