As COVID-19 infections expanded globally since the early 2020s, speculations about its characteristics and severity were widely reported in the mass media.
In this context, the Pan American Journal of Public Health played a key role as a reference source for health research that emerged with the intention of providing solutions to the countries of the Region. According to the "2021 Journal Citation Report" of the prestigious bibliographic database Web of Science, the Journal obtained in 2020 an impact factor of 1.465, doubling it compared to 2019.
The measurement determines the average number of citations received by each article published during the previous two years, reflecting its quality and relevance for the international scientific community. This milestone becomes more significant for PAHO's centennial publication when evaluating the behavior of this editorial sector last year.
The Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH), to which the Journal belongs, observed a generalized rebound in the impact factor of scientific journals since the "publication pandemic" after conducting an exploratory analysis.
"Preliminarily, the average percentage growth in the impact factor of scientific publications between 2019 and 2020 is around 30%, which makes the doubling (~108.4%) achieved by our Journal even more remarkable," explains Oscar Mujica, Regional Advisor in Social Epidemiology and Health Equity.
This achievement comes in the midst of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Journal, created in May 1922 when the Member States of the Organization approved the establishment of a periodical specialized in public health issues as a tool to strengthen cooperation between countries based on the dissemination of scientific evidence.
*Fuente: Journal Citation Report (Web of Science)