Cochrane Oral Health is delighted to announce its unofficial individualised group impact factor (IF) for 2016. The annual IF is an international measure of the impact research journals have in their respective field, and is the ratio of citations in a single year to total number of citable publications from each journal in the preceding 2 years (e.g. citations in 2016 resulting from publications in 2014 and 2015).
When Thomson Reuters analyse journals' impact each year, all Cochrane Review Groups (CRG) publications are assessed singularly under the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) within the Medicine, General & Internal category. The 2016 Impact Factor for the CDSR (overall for all Cochrane groups) is 6.124 (1,881 publications cited 11,520 times), consequently, the CDSR now ranks 14th of the 154 journals in the Medicine, General & Internal category.
This information is useful for our publishers, Wiley, but gives little indication of how each CRG's research output fares alongside competing journals for their discipline. Consequently, we latterly receive an unofficial individualised IF each year.
Cochrane Oral Health's unofficial individualised impact factor for 2016 is 3.854 (41 publications cited 158 times), and ranks our research very slightly beneath the 5th placed journal (International Journal of Oral Science) in the listed 90 journals under the Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Medicine category. This means that research published by our editorial base in 2014 and 2015 was cited, on average, 3.854 times in 2016.
We warmly congratulate our author teams on this achievement.