People are citing research papers in ‘Palliative Medicine’ more than ever before. Editor-in-Chief, Professor Catherine Walshe, puts it down to the great research submitted and the teamwork of editors, reviewers and publishers.
Palliative Medicine, the research journal of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), are delighted to announce that their latest impact factor has risen to its highest ever level of 4.956. We are 17th out of 160 journals in the category Medicine, General and Internal, and sixth out of 98 in the Health Care Sciences and Services category. We are very well aware that it is ‘only a number’, and that there are many debates about its value as a performance metric. However, we can see from the way the number is calculated that this rise is because people are citing more of our papers than ever before. This is what is pleasing – that the research we publish is being downloaded, read and used. This can only be good for the field of palliative care, helping to demonstrate its worth across health care, and with our journal’s papers and research more visible to others.
EAPC papers are among the most highly cited
Drilling down into the numbers a little more is easier than ever before because Clarivate Analytics, who calculate the impact factor, now release the data that underpins this metric (https://jcr.clarivate.com). We can now all easily see which papers are highly cited, and it is especially pleasing to see that the EAPC papers we have published feature highly. Our fourth and fifth most highly cited papers are EAPC papers. Fourth most cited is ‘Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: A white paper from the European Association for Palliative Care’ by Lukas Radbruch and colleagues. Fifth most cited is ‘EAPC White Paper on outcome measurement in palliative care: Improving practice, attaining outcomes and delivering quality services – Recommendations from the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Task Force on Outcome Measurement’ by Claudia Bausewein et al.
Our paper of the year from last year, presented at the 10th EAPC World Research Congress in Bern also features highly as the second most highly cited paper: ‘Sympathy, empathy, and compassion: A grounded theory study of palliative care patients’ understandings, experiences, and preferences’ by Shane Sinclair. Shane’s blog post, relating to his full journal article, was also selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ on the EAPC blog becoming the third most-viewed post of 2017.
The top cited paper is one that comes out of a EU FP7 funded project, InSupC, where the EAPC was one of the partners: ‘Education, implementation, and policy barriers to greater integration of palliative care: A literature review’ by Melissa Aldridge and colleagues.
This wouldn’t be possible without great research and researchers who choose to submit their work to our journal, and our team of editors, reviewers and publishers, so a heartfelt thank you to them all.
You can find out more about publishing with us by checking out our website. You can also keep up with the research we publish by following us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @palliativemedj or listening to our podcasts on the journal website or subscribing to Apple Podcasts here.
And follow the Palliative Medicine ‘Editor’s Choice’ blog posts, which are selected from each issue of the journal and published on the EAPC blog.