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Nature Medicine

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:677
  1. Peter J M Multimedia, professor of experimental medicine
  1. National Heart and Lung Institute at St Mary's, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London

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    ISSN 10788956

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    Whether we like it or not, the impact factor is set to be a dominant force in biomedical publishing. Impact is calculated by the frequency with which articles are cited, and review journals published in the United States therefore do well. The highest impact factor for a primary research journal is currently held by Nature Genetics (38.8 citations per article per year), followed by Cell (37.3). In a subject where success breeds success, what chance does a new journal have?

    Nature Medicine, launched in January 1995, confounds those who might believe that “None” would be an appropriate answer. It now lies third in the ranking of primary research journals, with an impact factor of 28.1. This stunning achievement in part depends on the good name of …

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