New Cochrane Oral Health impact factor hits the heights!

The 2021 Impact Factors for both the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and Cochrane Oral Health have been released by Clarivate Analytics and Cochrane's publisher, Wiley. 

The 2021 Impact Factor for the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is 12.008, which is generated from a calculation that involves dividing the number of citations received in 2021 to reviews published between 2019 and 2020 by the number of reviews published in 2019 and 2020.

Our publisher, Wiley, also compiles data drawn from Clarivate Analytics to create an Impact Factor for each Cochrane Review Group. The 2021 Impact Factor for Cochrane Oral Health is 9.833 (24 publications cited 236 times). This means that a review published by Cochrane Oral Health in 2019 and 2020 was cited, on average, 9.833 times in 2021.

This is the highest Cochrane Oral Health's Impact Factor has ever been, and represents an increase of almost 2 points from the 2020 Impact Factor. Our Impact Factor is unofficial, but if it was official, Cochrane Oral Health's reviews would be the third most cited dental journal in the world after the International Journal of Oral Science and Periodontology 2000. 

Our thanks to all of our editors, authors and supporters worldwide who have helped us achieve this fantastic score!

Our most cited reviews published between 2019 and 2020 were:

Review

Times cited

Fluoride toothpastes of different concentrations for preventing dental caries

55

Home use of interdental cleaning devices, in addition to toothbrushing, for preventing and controlling periodontal diseases and dental caries

26

Interventions to reduce contaminated aerosols produced during dental procedures for preventing infectious diseases

18

Interventions for treating oral lichen planus: corticosteroid therapies

17
Surgical removal versus retention for the management of asymptomatic disease‐free impacted wisdom teeth

13

Fluorides for preventing early tooth decay (demineralised lesions) during fixed brace treatment

12

Oral hygiene interventions for people with intellectual disabilities

11

Antibiotic use for irreversible pulpitis

9

Interventions with pregnant women, new mothers and other primary caregivers for preventing early childhood caries

9

Interventions for managing halitosis

9

Our most accessed reviews in 2021 were:

Review

Times accessed

Oral hygiene care for critically ill patients to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia

7,824

Fluoride toothpastes of different concentrations for preventing dental caries

7,606

Powered versus manual toothbrushing for oral health

7,508

Interventions to reduce contaminated aerosols produced during dental procedures for preventing infectious diseases

7,042

Home use of interdental cleaning devices, in addition to toothbrushing, for preventing and controlling periodontal diseases and dental caries

5,288

Water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries

5,101

Pit and fissure sealants for preventing dental decay in permanent teeth

4,934

Chlorhexidine mouthrinse as an adjunctive treatment for gingival health

4,792

Fluoride varnishes for preventing dental caries in children and adolescents

4,195

Systemic antibiotics for symptomatic apical periodontitis and acute apical abscess in adults

4,133