Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences achieves Impact Factor of 1.088 while its Five Years IF is 1.276

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Journal Citation Report 2021 released
Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences
achieves Impact Factor of 1.088 while
its Five Years IF is 1.276
JPMA and J Coll Physicians Surg Pak also earn
significant improvement in their Impact Factors

KARACHI: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences has earned yet another landmark achievement this year when its Impact Factor crossed over one. According to the Journal Citation Report released by Clarivate Analytics from United States which gives Impact Factor to those journals included in their databases, Pak J Med Sci’s Impact Factor for the Year 2020 is 1.088 while its Five Year’s Impact Factor is 1.276. It became only possible due to the untiring efforts of our members of the Editorial Board, International Advisors and Reviewers in our Database. According to Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor of the journal, it was a team work which helped to achieve this unique position. It has maintained its First position among the impact factor medical journals published from Pakistan for the last many years.

Journal of Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA) and Journal of College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan the other two impact factor medical journals have also earned significant improvement in their impact factor for the year 2020 which is 0.781 for JPMA and 0.711 for JCPSP. However as regards the number of citations, JPMA has more citations being the oldest journal which are 4,360 as compared to 3,510 for Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences and 2,367 for Journal of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. A number of other journals from Pakistan have also applied for IF and it may take another few years when they are likely to earn impact factor. As per new rules and regulations, all new journals are first accepted in eSCIE which stands for emerging Science Citation Index expanded and if they successfully maintain their standards and regular publication, they are then accepted for Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and start getting impact factor three years after their inclusion in their database. Inclusion in the SCIE by Clarivate Analytics is not as easy as it used to be few years ago.

Impact Factor, it may be mentioned here is not the only one but just one of the criteria to judge the standard of a journal. We have many other good quality journals published by medical institutions including medical universities and if they get some help and assistance from the regulatory bodies in Pakistan, the number of IF journals published from Pakistan can increase significantly. Help and assistance provided by the Government of Iran has helped numerous biomedical journals from Islamic Republic of Iran to be included in PubMed Central, thereby ensuring their visibility on Medline as well and it has also helped them increase their citation and Impact Factor.

Authors from Pakistan must cite manuscripts published from Pakistan, refer to local studies while preparing their manuscripts. We ourselves need to work hard and do whatever we can to increase citations from Pakistani biomedical journals. The editors of medical journals must insist upon authors to cite papers published in Pakistani biomedical journals as well and it should be an added incentives to the authors for acceptance of their papers. At the same time, the editors also need to make a functional Editorial Team, enlarge their Reviewers Database and improve the quality of the manuscripts they accept for publication and improve the standard of their journals. All this requires consistency, hard work, devotion and dedication of the Editorial Team. The Certificate Course in Medical Editing started by University of Health Sciences in collaboration with Pakistan Association of Medical Editors (PAME) provides an excellent opportunity for training of junior editors and editorial board members’ affiliated with various biomedical journals.