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International Journal of Epidemiology tops the impact factor ratings

Impact factor 2001-2013The official journal of the IEA, the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE) has been placed at the top of its field in the ISI Web of Science Journal Citation Reports, published by Thomson Reuters. The 2013 impact factor ratings [http://thomsonreuters.com/journal-citation-reports/] place the IJE first out of a field of 160 journals. Since taking up the editorship of the IJE at the turn of the millennium, George Davey Smith and Shah Ebrahim have slowly but surely driven the journal up the impact factor rankings. However, this year it made a major leap to outstrip its main American rivals: Environmental Health Perspectives and Epidemiologic Reviews (both frequently ranked first), Epidemiology, and the American Journal of Epidemiology. Paul Kidd of Oxford University Press, which publishes the IJE, commented: ‘An increase of this magnitude in one year is very rare and a great result for the IJE. This is a triumph for the hard work and dedication of the Editors and Editorial Board.’ George Davey Smith and Shah Ebrahim added: ‘The current success of the IJE would not have been possible without the unfailing support of the IEA Council.’

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