By Dental Tribune International

GENEVA, Switzerland: The FDI has announced that the 2016 impact factor for its International Dental Journal (IDJ) is 1.362, an increase from 0.967 in 2015. The journal’s ranking in 2016 is 54/90 in the Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Medicine category (up from 66/91 in 2015).

The impact factor of a journal is a measure reflecting the yearly average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal. To give this perspective regarding IDJ, in the 2016 list of journals in the Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Medicine category, the highest impact factor was 4.794 (with 8,242 citations) and the lowest 0.034 (with 35 citations). This places IDJ just above the middle (54/90 journals) with 1,878 citations.

In 2016, IDJ saw improvement in all metrics compared with the previous year. The number of original submissions increased by 6 per cent and the number of article downloads by 23 per cent. For the first time, manuscripts were received from 16 countries and from all five continents.

“The data for 2016 reflect the successful restructuring of IDJ that has improved the content and quality of the papers published in the journal. Over the next few years, we will continue to focus on improving all of the outcome metrics, while also keeping the IDJ highly relevant for FDI members,” commented IDJ Editor Prof. Ira Lamster, from Columbia University in the US.

IDJ is the FDI’s main scientific publication. It features peer-reviewed articles relevant to international oral health issues and focusing on three areas: practice-related research, international public health, and interprofessional education and practice. IDJ also publishes concise reviews that summarise the state of the science on topics of importance to oral health care providers. The journal is published every two months by Wiley and has more than 4,500 subscribers.