A Journal-Level Analysis of Progress in Transplantation

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Abstract

Context:

Citations to articles published in academic journals represent a proxy for influence in bibliometrics.

Objective:

To measure the journal impact factor for Progress in Transplantation over time and to also identify related journals indexed in transplantation and surgery.

Design:

Data from Journal Citation Reports (ISI web of science) were used to rank Progress in Transplantation compared to peer journals using journal impact and journal relatedness measures. Social network analysis was used to measure relationships between pairs of journals in Progress in Transplantation’s relatedness network.

Main Outcome Measures:

Journal impact factor and journal relatedness.

Results:

Data from 2010 through 2015 indicate the average journal article in PIT was cited 0.87 times (standard deviation [SD] = 0.12) and this estimate was stable over time. Progress in Transplantation most often cited American Journal of Transplantation, Transplantation, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, and Liver Transplantation. In terms of cited data, the journal was most often referenced by Clinical Transplantation, Transplant International, and Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation.

Conclusion:

The journal is listed both in surgery and transplantation categories of Journal Citation Reports and its impact factors over time fare better with surgery journals than with transplant journals. Network data using betweenness centrality indicate Progress in Transplantation links transplantation-focused journals and journals indexed in health sciences categories.

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