This month JIDC is exactly five years old. Coincidently, JIDC also received its first impact factor this past month. This is an important step for our journal as it signifies the usefulness of JIDC as a resource for those in the field of infectious disease. Almost universally scientists across many disciplines recognize the significance of a journal’s impact factor as a guide for judging the average citations of the journal in a given year. Most often when, as scientists, we discuss impact factor, we are referring to the Thompson Reuters Impact Factor. As posted on the Thompson Reuters site, “The impact factor . . . is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period” (http://thomsonreuters.com/products_services/science/free/essays/impact_factor/). While Thompson Reuters cautions careful use of impact factor numbers in evaluating a journal or article, the Thompson Reuters Impact Factor has served as a helpful reference over the past decades. The impact factor for JIDC is now 1.2 and likely will continue to grow over the next few years. An impact factor of 1.2 gives international status to JIDC and many of our authors can now list JIDC in their promotion packages.
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Vol. 6 Núm.7. Julio 2012 Pags. 542 J Infect Developing Countries 2012; 6(7)