Monumental achievement

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine acquires prestigious journal impact factor

It is anticipated that the presence of an impact factor will enhance the journal’s standing in the eyes of researchers worldwide, leading to additional and higher-quality submissions.


The AOA’s Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (JOM) recently received a prestigious journal impact factor (JIF) from Clarivate. JIFs gauge the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year and are also used to determine the significance of a journal by analyzing the number of times its articles are cited.

The JOM’s impact factor is 1.5. The journal will be included in the “Medicine, General and Internal” category, where it currently ranks in the 53rd percentile.

Impact factors are reported in Clarivate’s annual Journal Citation Reports™ (JCR™). The JOM joins more than 21,500 additional high-quality academic journals from around the world and across a multitude of disciplines in this year’s JCR™.

According to Clarivate’s press release, “Only journals that have met the rigorous quality standards for inclusion in the Web of Science™ index are selected, to ensure that users can confidently rely on the information and data provided.”

“I confidently speak for myself and the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine’s entire Editorial Board when I say that we are thrilled by this honor,” said JOM Editor in Chief Ross Zafonte, DO. “Through the hard work and dedication of our authors, editors and staff, we continue to produce a high-quality medical journal and are incredibly proud of the JOM’s inclusion in Clarivate’s 2023 JCR™ report.”

This is a monumental achievement for the JOM; it is anticipated that the presence of a JIF will enhance the journal’s standing in the eyes of researchers worldwide, leading to additional and higher-quality submissions.

Hunter Alexander, the JOM’s director, said, “We are thrilled to share this excellent news with our readers and contributors. It is our sincere hope that the importance of this moment is recognized. I’m confident that the journal’s impact factor will not only improve the journal’s reputation and perception but will also lead to a higher-quality Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.” 

Clarivate requires that only journals that have met its 24 rigorous quality criteria are acceptable and eligible to receive a JIF. Only 15% of evaluated journals pass this high-quality bar.

The JOM was founded in 1901 and serves as the premier scholarly, peer-reviewed publication of the osteopathic medical profession. Through double-blind peer reviews, the JOM strives to provide scientific literature that incorporates an integrative, comprehensive and patient-centered approach to clinical care and improving health.

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