Epilepsy Currents, an open access commentary journal of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), has received an impact factor of 5.625 in the 2017 bibliometric report from Journal Citation Reports. The figure is based on 644 citations in 2016 of papers published in 2014 and 2015. The impact factor for Epilepsy Currents has steadily increased in the past six years, more than doubling from 2.09 in 2011.
“An open access literature review journal, Epilepsy Currents is one of many ways AES keeps healthcare professionals, researchers and the general public current on the most recent advances in the field. We’re gratified our work is being recognized and shared among our peers,” said Eli Mizrahi, M.D., president of AES.
Research impact (bibliometrics) is based on an analysis of citations and content. The more times articles from a journal are cited by other resources, the higher its impact factor.
The most-cited recent articles from Epilepsy Currents include: “When in doubt record more seizures!” (2016), “Antiepileptic drug management in the epilepsy monitoring unit: Any standards?” (2016) and “SUDEP prevention ‘position statement’” (2015).
“We attribute our growing success to identifying the most relevant recently published original research and providing insightful commentary that will resonate with readers,” said Andres Miguel Kanner, M.D., Epilepsy Currents chief editor.
Unlike most medical society journals, Epilepsy Currents is intended not only for those specializing in the field of epilepsy, but also for generalists with an interest in this common disorder that affects 1 out of 26 people. A cadre of contributing editors with expertise in basic science and patient-focused research author commentaries on breakthroughs, trends, and controversies in epilepsy for each issue.
“We remain steadfast in our mission to make research accessible by providing interpretation and critiques that are useful to our peers and readily understood by people with varying levels of scientific knowledge,” said Jack Parent, M.D., Epilepsy Currents senior editor.
AES publishes six bimonthly issues of the journal per year. American Epilepsy Society members and subscribers receive the print version. All content is also available at no charge at the journal’s website, epilepsycurrents.org. Articles are indexed in PubMed, Science Citation Index Expanded of the Web of Science, and Current Contents/Clinical Medicine.