The impact factor (IF) of an academic journal is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in the journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field, with journals with higher impact factors deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. The impact factor was devised by Eugene Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information. Impact factors are calculated yearly for those journals that are indexed in the Journal Citation Reports.
Eight of the ESC Journal Family titles owned by the ESC, plus EuroIntervention owned by the Europa Organisation, are within the Journal Citation Reports managed by Thomson Reuters.2011 to 2014 Impact Factors are listed below for each of our qualifying journals (EHJ: Acute Cardiovascular Care, EHJ: Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy and EHJ: Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes are young or new titles awaiting JCR inclusion):
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