Journal’s Impact Factor Getting Higher

Published in August 2014 Issue             

Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), the official journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), rose one spot in the rankings of surgery journals, according to a new report from Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), published by Thomson Reuters.

Last year, SOARD was ranked eighth. This year, it was number seven out of more than 200 surgery titles, in terms of research influence and impact. Annals of Surgery retained the top spot.

With an Impact Factor of 4.942, SOARD continues to be the highest ranked journal with a focus on bariatric and metabolic surgery and even outranks journals from other specialties.

Journals ranked in the top 10 include the American Journal of Transplantation (number 2), Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (number 4) Endoscopy (number 6), Journal of the American College of Surgeons (number 9) and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (number 10). The journal, Obesity, with an Impact Factor of 3.739, climbed to 15 from the 23rd spot last year.

“Clearly, this is a very popular field of surgery with a great deal of interest,” said Harvey Sugerman, MD, FACS, the past ASMBS president who has been editor-in-chief of the journal since its inception 10 years ago. “We expect to have about 600 article submissions this year, which is about a 50 percent increase over last year.”

But while the volume of submissions is increasing, Dr. Sugerman says it’s the quality of the manuscripts that has been responsible for the growth of the journal and bariatric and metabolic surgery itself.

Harvey Sugerman, MD

“The publication of high quality data not only fuels readership, it drives surgical and medical practice, reimbursement, public policy and patient understanding,” said Dr. Sugerman. “We are pleased that SOARD has been able to contribute to the body of evidence supporting metabolic and bariatric surgery.”

Thomson Reuters calculates a journal’s impact factor by measuring how frequently its articles have been cited in a given year, in relation to other journals in the same category.

Articles about sleeve gastrectomy, gastric plication, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass 10-year follow-up and dietary intake and eating behavior after bariatric surgery, were among the most
cited in 2013.

Ninh Nguyen, MD

“We are proud of how SOARD has evolved,” said Ninh T. Nguyen, MD, ASMBS President. “Within 10 years, it has become a top 10 surgery journal. The articles are relevant, compelling and high quality, and as a result, the journal and those who have published there, have made an important contribution to our understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery and obesity.”

The SOARD editorial board and editors include internationally prominent surgeons, internists, psychiatrists, and nutritional experts, among others.

“The success of SOARD is due to the dedication of its Editorial Board and investigators who have submitted their best articles for publication, as well as to the effectiveness of bariatric surgery on the health of our patients,” said Dr. Sugerman.

Check out the latest edition of SOARD here.