American Journal of Public Health increases its impact, rises in rank among peer journals

Date: Jul 25 2019

Contact: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913

Washington, D.C., July 25, 2019 – New data from Journal Citation Reports show that the American Journal of Public Health rose among the ranks of peer journals in 2018 and posted an increase in its impact factor since 2017.

"This latest report reflects the journal’s growing influence as a destination publication. Authors look to AJPH first as a place to bring their research if it has an immediate relevance for policy and intervention because they know it will have impact,” said AJPH Editor-in-Chief Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD. “In 2018 AJPH articles were cited 40,000 times in the scientific literature! Moreover, AJPH is not just a place to publish research, but also to share research with the public, policy makers, and public health actors.”

AJPH is only one of three journals in the top 10 rankings in the Public, Occupational, and Environmental Health category of the Social Science Index that published over 300 citable articles between 2016 and 2017. In total, AJPH articles generated almost 3,000 citations. The journal’s impact factor rose to 5.381 in 2018, up from 4.380 in 2017. Impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which articles published over two years — 2016 and 2017 — in a journal have been cited during the following year — 2018. It is one measure of how frequently scholars cite articles from a specific journal.

In addition, AJPH rose among peer journals in the Science Citation Index to No. 12 in 2018, up from No. 16 in 2017. And in the Social Science Citation Index, the journal was ranked No. 6.

AJPH has been publishing original work in research, research methods and program evaluation in the field of public health since 1911. It is published monthly in print and electronically, along with several themed supplements, and can be found online at and on Twitter at @AMJPublicHealth.


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