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South African Medical Journal

Basic Journal Info


South Africa
Journal ISSN: 02569574, 20785135
Publisher: South African Medical Association
History: 1945-ongoing
Journal Hompage: Link
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South African Medical Journal

Impact Factor


Impact Factor


Impact Factor



The SAMJ is a monthly peer reviewed, internationally indexed, general medical journal. It carries The SAMJ is a monthly, peer-reviewed, internationally indexed, general medical journal publishing leading research impacting clinical care in Africa.The Journal is not limited to articles that have ‘general medical content’, but is intending to capture the spectrum of medical and health sciences, grouped by relevance to the country’s burden of disease. This will include research in the social sciences and economics that is relevant to the medical issues around our burden of disease The journal carries research articles and letters, editorials, clinical practice and other medical articles and personal opinion, South African health-related news, obituaries, general correspondence, and classified advertisements (refer to the section policies for further information).

South African Medical Journal

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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South African Medical Journal

Impact Factor History
  • 2019 Impact Factor 1.164
  • 2018 Impact Factor 0.951
  • 2017 Impact Factor 1.014
  • 2016 Impact Factor 0.978
  • 2015 Impact Factor 1.295
  • 2014 Impact Factor 1.347
  • 2013 Impact Factor 1.201
  • 2012 Impact Factor 1.129
  • 2011 Impact Factor 1.218
  • 2010 Impact Factor 1.042
  • 2009 Impact Factor 0.960
  • 2008 Impact Factor 0.906
  • 2007 Impact Factor 0.897
  • 2006 Impact Factor 1.080
  • 2005 Impact Factor 0.960
  • 2004 Impact Factor 0.912
  • 2003 Impact Factor 0.896
  • 2002 Impact Factor 0.798
  • 2001 Impact Factor 0.377
  • 2000 Impact Factor 0.282
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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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South African Medical Journal


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


South African Medical Journal

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.