The association between impact factors and language of general internal medicine journals

Paul Mueller, Narayana S. Murali, Stephen S. Cha, Patricia J. Erwin, Amit Ghosh

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Abstract

Background: We sought to determine the associations between journal country of origin and language and journal impact factor of general medicine journals. Methods: For each "Medicine, General and Internal" journal listed in the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Journal Citation Reports (JCR), the 2003 impact factor, language (ie, English, multiple languages [including English], or non-English), and country of origin (ie, US or non-US) were determined. The mean log impact factors of the journals by language, country of origin, and a combination of country of origin and language were compared. Results: Of the 102 "Medicine, General and Internal" journals listed in the ISI JCR, 41 (40%) were published in the US and 83 (81%) were published in English. English-language journals had a significantly greater 2003 mean log impact factor than non-English journals and journals originating in the US had a significantly greater impact factor than journals originating elsewhere. However, the mean log impact factor of English-language journals originating in the US did not differ significantly from that of English-language journals originating elsewhere. Conclusion: Journal impact factor is more associated with journal language (ie, English versus non-English), rather than journal country of origin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-443
Number of pages3
JournalSwiss Medical Weekly
Volume136
Issue number27-28
StatePublished - Aug 7 2006

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Keywords

  • Bias
  • Impact factor
  • Journals

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  • Medicine(all)

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Mueller, P., Murali, N. S., Cha, S. S., Erwin, P. J., & Ghosh, A. (2006). The association between impact factors and language of general internal medicine journals. Swiss Medical Weekly, 136(27-28), 441-443.

The association between impact factors and language of general internal medicine journals. / Mueller, Paul; Murali, Narayana S.; Cha, Stephen S.; Erwin, Patricia J.; Ghosh, Amit.

In: Swiss Medical Weekly, Vol. 136, No. 27-28, 07.08.2006, p. 441-443.

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Mueller, P, Murali, NS, Cha, SS, Erwin, PJ & Ghosh, A 2006, 'The association between impact factors and language of general internal medicine journals', Swiss Medical Weekly, vol. 136, no. 27-28, pp. 441-443.
Mueller, Paul ; Murali, Narayana S. ; Cha, Stephen S. ; Erwin, Patricia J. ; Ghosh, Amit. / The association between impact factors and language of general internal medicine journals. In: Swiss Medical Weekly. 2006 ; Vol. 136, No. 27-28. pp. 441-443.
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