Journal Edited by UNC Researcher Reaches Record High Impact Factor

ACMG's Genetics in Medicine journal receives record high impact factor, is now in top 2.5 percent of all indexed journals.

Journal Edited by UNC Researcher Reaches Record High Impact Factor click to enlarge Jim Evans, MD, PhD

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) announced that the Thomson Reuters Impact Factor Journal Citation Reports has just increased the impact factor of the ACMG’s peer-reviewed medical genetics and genomics journal, Genetics in Medicine (GIM) to 8.229 for 2016, up from 7.710 in 2015. GIM is currently ranked 10 of 166 titles in the Genetics & Heredity category and is the top-ranked of genetics journal that has a primarily clinical focus.

Jim Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, is the journal’s editor-in-chief.

Impact factor is an objective measure of the world’s leading journals, based on articles’ cited references and is considered a measure of a journal’s overall performance and relevance to its field.

“We are very excited that the impact factor has again increased for Genetics in Medicine,” said Evans, who is also a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This is a testament to the excellent work by those in the genetics field who have been kind enough to submit their high-quality work to GIM, the hard work of the editorial board, and the strength of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. It is also an important reflection of the fact that genetics and genomics are increasingly important in the broader practice of medicine.”

genetics in medicine imageACMG President Louanne Hudgins, MD, said, “Dr. Jim Evans and the entire editorial team at Genetics in Medicine should be congratulated on this great accomplishment. The steady rise of the impact factor for GIM over the past several years reflects the incredible hard work of Dr. Evans, the editorial board and the staff. It also highlights the critical role of medical genetics and genomics in the practice of medicine and the excellent science being performed by the authors, many of whom are members of the ACMG. This important publication is essential in promulgating ACMG’s official policy statements and clinical and laboratory guidelines, thereby improving the practice of medical genetics."

Genetics in Medicine is published by Springer Nature.

The journal, published since 1998, is supported by an expert Board of Editors representing all facets of genetic and genomic medicine, including such specialties as biochemical genetics, cytogenetics, and pharmacogenetics. 

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