ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND (December 10, 2019) - The Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) is pleased to announce that the official 2018 Impact Factor (IF) for the Society’s flagship publication, the Journal of Cardiac Failure (JCF), has been corrected from its initial release in June, and increased to 3.967, JCF’s highest impact factor in its history. This also represents the fourth straight year that JCF’s IF has increased. JCF now ranks 45th of 136 journals in the Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems category, placing it in the upper third.
The Impact Factor for a journal is calculated based on the number of citations in a given year of papers published during the preceding two-year period. The 2018 IF is the average number of citations in 2018 of all JCF papers published in 2016 or 2017.
Now in its 25th year, the JCF has received over 940 submissions as of early December 2019, exceeding its previous record of 794 for all of 2018. The Journal recently increased its social media footprint by naming a dedicated social media associate editor and through frequent tweeting of graphical abstracts. The editors also conduct audio interviews with authors, available for download on the HFSA and JCF websites. The JCF plays an important role in the dissemination of HFSA practice guidelines and consensus documents such as the 2018 guideline on the Genetic Evaluation of Cardiomyopathy and the 2019 consensus statement on Nutrition, Obesity, and Cachexia in Patients with Heart Failure.
A wide range of options (original communications, reviews, brief reports, research letters and perspectives) are available to prospective authors. The JCF is also pleased to report that turnaround time to first decision continues to decline, and that the volume of submissions has continued to rise.
The HFSA would like to recognize JCF’s current Editor in Chief, Paul J. Hauptman MD, Senior Associate Editor, Michael W. Rich MD, Guest Editors Sean Pinney MD and Stephen Gottlieb MD, the international slate of Associate Editors and statistical consultants, and Professors Hiroyuki Tsutsui and Keiichi Fukuda representing the Japanese Heart Failure Society, for their hard work and dedication to the Journal.