JAAD and JAAD Case Reports websites unveil new design

bruce_thiers_NEW.JPGBy Bruce H. Thiers, MD
Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

I’m pleased to introduce AAD members to our newly redesigned JAAD and JAAD Case Reports websites. These online publications were redesigned in order to improve user experience and to help readers easily find information they need on new research, studies, treatments, and diagnostic techniques. I invite you all to check out the new dynamic design of each publication.

The new JAAD website features improved navigation for easy access to new clinical research and treatments.

JAAD Case Reports offers a vibrant new look that showcases high-interest articles. 

JAAD's impact scales new heights

In 2016, the Academy received some exciting news about JAAD. We learned that JAAD’s Impact Factor (IF) took a big leap. JAAD’s IF trails only the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (a research journal), making JAAD’s impact factor the highest in the world among journals covering the wide spectrum of clinical dermatology.  

The IF of a scientific journal is a measure reflecting the average number of times its articles have been cited in the past two years. It is calculated by dividing the number of citations by the total number of articles published during that time period. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field.

In 2015, the JAAD’s IF was 5.621, up from 4.449 in 2014. Our IF of 5.621 reflects that, on average, JAAD articles published in the past two years have been cited over 5 times. The score was reported in the 2016 Journal Citation Reports®, published by Thomson Reuters. This is an especially impressive accomplishment because clinical journals tend to have lower IFs than research journals. Research-oriented journals are more frequently cited by investigators when they report the results of their research, whereas practitioners look to clinical journals to guide their daily patient care activities.

In addition to the IF, JAAD scored very high in other measurements of reader engagement. JAAD’s Eigenfactor Score also jumped in 2015 to 0.03386 from 0.02571 in 2014.