Eurosurveillance was today awarded its first impact factor, a significant 6.15 which now places it amongst the leading field of journals for infectious diseases. ECDC has a long co-operation with Eurosurveillance and welcomes the impact factor which further illustrates the presence that Eurosurveillance has developed in the field of infectious diseases.
Journal impact factors are published every year by Thomson Reuters in the Journal Citation Report . Having an impact factor is of great importance to a scientific journal and provides Eurosurveillance with a firm basis on which to develop further.
It will also give authors an added incentive to continue submitting high quality manuscripts to Eurosurveillance, as many authors monitor the impact factors of journals closely – it may determine the choice of journal they submit to.
The ‘impact factor’ measurement has developed over time since it was first described in a 1955 article in Science  but these days, 2011, the impact factor for a scientific journal would be based on two elements:
- the numerator, which is the number of 2011 citations in indexed journals to items published in 2009 and 2010
- the denominator, which is the number of citable articles published in 2009 and 2010.
A factor of 6.15 means that the papers published in Eurosurveillance in 2009 and 2010 were cited on average six times in 2011.
- Web of Science, Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge, the Impact Factor and Journal Citation Report.
- Garfield E. Citation indexes for science; a new dimension in documentation through association of ideas. Science. 1955;122(3159):108-11.
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- Eurosurveillance is a European peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to the epidemiology, surveillance, prevention and control of communicable diseases, with a focus on such topics that are of relevance to Europe.
- Approximately 11,700 active subscribers receive the weekly table of contents via email. In 2011, 95 peer-reviewed rapid communications and 94 peer-reviewed long articles were published in Eurosurveillance, by authors from some 40 countries.
- The entire content is open access, free of charge for both readers and authors. All articles are indexed in the PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, EMBASE and EBSCO databases.
- Since March 2007, Eurosurveillance has been published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. The publisher grants editorial independence to the editorial team
- The editorial team is based in Stockholm, and supported by a board of 17 associate editors and currently 40 editorial advisors.