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Impact Factor Database

PLoS Medicine

Basic Journal Info


United States
Journal ISSN: 15491277, 15491676
Publisher: Public Library of Science
History: 2004-ongoing
Journal Hompage: Link
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PLoS Medicine

Impact Factor


Impact Factor


Impact Factor



PLOS Medicine publishes articles relevant to clinicians, policymakers, and researchers across a range of settings that address the major biological, environmental, social, and political determinants of health. The editors make decisions on submissions based upon their potential to directly and substantially inform clinical practice or health policy, and their relevance to our international audience. Articles given highest priority for publication are those that address conditions or risk factors that cause the greatest losses in years of healthy life and quality of life worldwide. PLOS Medicine also seeks to publish articles in the area of translational medicine that provide substantial, novel mechanistic insights into disease processes, with potential implications for clinical care. Additionally PLOS Medicine considers articles on topics relating to the integrity and ethics of the research enterprise; the practice of medicine; and the application of research to practice to fall within its scope.

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2-year Impact Factor Trend
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3-year Impact Factor Trend
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4-year Impact Factor Trend
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Impact Factor

The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a scientometric factor based on the yearly average number of citations on articles published by a particular journal in the last two years. In other words, the impact factor of 2020 is the average of the number of cited publications divided by the citable publications of a journal. A journal impact factor is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. Normally, journals with higher impact factors are often deemed to have more influence than those with lower ones. However, the science community has also noted that review articles typically are more citable than research articles.

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PLoS Medicine

Impact Factor History
  • 2019 Impact Factor 9.868
  • 2018 Impact Factor 9.630
  • 2017 Impact Factor 10.174
  • 2016 Impact Factor 9.723
  • 2015 Impact Factor 10.008
  • 2014 Impact Factor 9.856
  • 2013 Impact Factor 10.303
  • 2012 Impact Factor 10.859
  • 2011 Impact Factor 10.192
  • 2010 Impact Factor 10.117
  • 2009 Impact Factor 9.761
  • 2008 Impact Factor 7.579
  • 2007 Impact Factor 6.104
  • 2006 Impact Factor 6.149
  • 2005 Impact Factor 3.848
  • 2004 Impact Factor 0.000
  • 2003 Impact Factor NA
  • 2002 Impact Factor NA
  • 2001 Impact Factor NA
  • 2000 Impact Factor NA
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Other Journal Impact Indicator

Any journal impact factor or scientometric indicator alone will not give you the full picture of a science journal. That’s why every year, scholars review current metrics to improve upon them and sometimes come up with new ones. There are also other factors to sider for example, H-Index, Self-Citation Ratio, SJR (SCImago Journal Rank Indicator) and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper). Researchers may also consider the practical aspect of a journal such as publication fees, acceptance rate, review speed.

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The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications


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SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR indicator) is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from.