Increase in impact factor for both RSTMH journals

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Friday, 6 July 2018

With the latest impact factors having just been released, we’re delighted to announce that both our journals increased their impact factor from last year.

Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Transactions) has increased from 2.279 in 2016 to 2.820 in 2017.

From sixth last year, Transactions is now in fifth position in the global Tropical Medicine category and is the highest ranked general tropical medicine title (see table below).


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Our other journal, International Health, has increased from 1.784 to 1.797.

Crucial part of RSTMH's work and history

Tamar Ghosh, RSTMH Chief Executive, says:

“We’re thrilled at the news that both our journals have increased their impact factors. Our journals are a crucial part of RSTMH’s work and history.

“Through our journals we aim to showcase the research, successes and challenges in tropical medicine and global health around the world, from institutions, NGOs and industry.  

“We also plan to analyse the content of our journals, along with data from our other activities, to inform us of the global picture of progress and help us influence policy and practice.

“Publishing and disseminating authoritative, impactful and original research and discussion is one of the main elements of our new five-year strategy, and a crucial part of us achieving impact for our members and supporters. I’m delighted that the hard work of everyone involved has been recognised.”

Cutting edge research

Professor Sir Brian Greenwood, Editor-in-Chief of Transactions says:

Transactions has published cutting edge research in the field of tropical medicine and global health since 1908. The journal has featured the work of some of the most prominent scientists in the field of tropical medicine, including Sir Patrick Manson, Sir Ronald Ross, Sir David Bruce and Cyril Garnham, among many others.

“I’m very pleased that the journal’s impact factor has increased and Transactions is continuing its long history of excellence. My congratulations to the editorial team and board and, of course, all the excellent authors from across the globe that feature in the journal.”

Positive news

Professor David Molyneux, Editor-in-Chief of International Health says:

"I’m pleased to report the impact factor for International Health has improved slightly over the last year and this is positive news as we move forward.

“We launched the journal in September 2009 as a dedicated home for global health research and discussion. Its scope includes the social and economic aspects of communicable and non-communicable diseases, health systems research, policy and implementation, the evaluation of disease control programmes and healthcare delivery solutions.

“Over the coming years we will work to increase our rate of progress on this crucial parameter to further the aims of RSTMH. I see this as my key objective in taking on the role as Editor-in-Chief of the journal and look forward to working with authors, editors and reviewers to achieve this."

Home for your research

There are many opportunities to publish with RSTMH if you’re looking for a home for your research, reviews or commentaries. With short turnaround times to publication, and the option of choosing open access, it provides an incredible global platform for work.  

We regularly publish themed collections of articles through special issues, supplements and article series.

The supplement “Onchocerciasis: The Beginning of the End”, was published in March 2018 in partnership with the Mectizan Donation Program.

We also have two upcoming special issues of Transactions. The first celebrates our new strategy, by looking back at some of the most seminal papers in our priority areas from our journal archives. It then brings them up to the current time with commentaries from some of the most esteemed professionals and researchers in our field.

The second is being published on neglected tropical diseases and their intersections, capturing the output and impact of our Annual Meeting in September.

Both journals have a dedicated Editor-in-Chief and an editorial board to steer the strategic direction and quality of the journal.

We offer advanced online publication, full PubMed/Medline indexing for all articles. Additionally, we have specific support for research from low and middle-income countries.

Please contact us if you would like to submit to Transactions or International Health, review articles or are interested in joining us as an Associate Editor or Editorial Advisor

You can access our journals as part of RSTMH membership. Find out how to become a member.