GSA Journals Top List of Most-Cited Aging Publications


For Immediate Release
August 09, 2012

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GSA Journals Top List of Most-Cited Aging Publications

The Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) three journals continue to be among the highest ranked in their field, according to new impact factor metrics released in the latest issue of Journal Citation Reports: Social Sciences Edition. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences remained at the top of the gerontology category for the second consecutive year, and the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences and The Gerontologist took the fifth and sixth spots, respectively.

Impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which articles in a journal have been cited during the two preceding years. Journal Citation Reports, one of the most respected publication evaluation tools, is distributed by the Institute of Scientific Information, a division of Thomson Reuters. A strong impact factor indicates the research published in a journal is being widely cited elsewhere, which is often a reflection of the quality of this research. This, in turn, encourages scholars to send their best material to the journal, thereby building on its status.

“These results provide important evidence of the growing influence of our journals on scholarship and science-based knowledge in the field of aging,” said Richard H. Fortinsky, PhD, chair of GSA’s Publications Committee. “We are grateful for the dedicated work of our editors and our publishing partner in attracting, vetting, and publishing the most outstanding research.”

The gerontology category within Journal Citation Reports: Social Sciences Edition contains 30 publications. To help keep its place at first on the list, the impact factor for the Journals of Gerontology Series A rose from 3.988 in 2010 to 4.598 in 2011. The Journals of Gerontology Series B, which ranked fifth, climbed three positions since last year — moving from 1.963 in 2010 to 2.615 in 2011, representing a 33 percent increase in impact factor. The Gerontologist again held the sixth spot, with its impact factor jumping from 2.315 in 2010 to 2.481 in 2011. These three GSA journals are published by Oxford University Press (OUP).

“Only rarely does one have the satisfaction of witnessing a dedicated campaign translate directly into tangible result,” said OUP President and Academic Publisher Niko Pfund. “The dramatic increase in the impact factor of GSA’s publications speaks not only to the demonstrable relevance of GSA's mission but to the effective efforts of scholars and researchers publishing in GSA journals, and of GSA staff, in translating that mission into action.”

The Gerontologist and both Journals of Gerontology offer free electronic tables of contents, advance access updates, and keyword alerts through Oxford’s My Account service. Visit to sign up.


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,400+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.


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