Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Impact Factor Tops 5.0

Jun 21, 2019

ASRA's peer-reviewed journal, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (RAPM), continues to grow in impact with the latest Impact Factor ratings, released by Clarivate Analytics. RAPM’s Impact Factor increased from 4.38 to 5.11, retaining its spot as the fifth highest cited journal among 31 anesthesiology titles.

“I'm so proud  of our editorial board, who represent the finest volunteer physician leaders,” said Editor-in-Chief Marc A. Huntoon, MD. “The reviewers make my job easy as I usually just need to follow their lead.” 

Dr. Huntoon noted a correlation between a high Impact Factor and a larger number of submissions. “The higher Impact Factor can lead researchers to want a higher visibility journal for their papers, which, in turn, can drive the Impact Factor up even higher,” he noted.  “The last two Impact Factors are the highest in our history and represent a steady crescendo over the last 6 years.” 

The higher Impact Factor reflects a time in which there has been a dramatic increase in submissions as well as page counts. Beginning in 2019, the journal is published monthly, up from 8 times per year in 2018. Dr. Huntoon, who is a professor of anesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University, plans to resign at the end of 2019; the new editor-in-chief is Dr. Brian Sites, director of the Acute Pain Service at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

“As the number of our submissions has also advanced each year and our page counts have increased with the monthly publishing of the journal, we have concomitantly needed to select only the best articles for publication. It's been a great honor to be the editor-in-chief of RAPM, and the future is definitely bright,” Huntoon concluded.


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